Community in Action December 3, 2020

I praise you because I am

fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful,

I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14


    I keep telling myself that it is good for me. It is eventually good for me to stand outside in the freezing cold. It is good for me to wait to get into the pool with only my googles and swimsuit on at 8 in the morning. I am thankful the pool is heated, but at that time of the morning and standing on the cold concrete I have other desires than to wait to jump in to that heated pool.

    This week I hit the “bonus” round. I was able to schedule three times to swim at once. Instead of waiting each day to try to grab a spot I found last Saturday there were openings everyday I had hoped to go swimming.

    There is a small problem though. The first day wasn’t too bad because I was excited I had grabbed those three spots and it was the first swim of the week. Today was a bit tougher because the weather hasn’t gotten any warmer and I knew how cold it would be before I got in.  In fact this morning I tried to time my arrival to be about five minutes before swim time. I wanted to be standing on that hard cold concrete for as short a time as possible.

    The water felt good once I got in and once I started my laps. As usual when I got out I was warmed up enough that I didn’t notice the cold so much as I walked back to my car with my t-shirt and wet swim trunks being my only apparel. But as I drove off to head back home I started to think about my next scheduled swim time.

    My next scheduled time is in two days, but it won’t be at 8 am. Nooooo!! The only time available in the morning was 7 am, IN THE MORNING!! What was I thinkin’? I mean 8 am is better than those who are going at 6 am, but I am freezing at 8 am as I wait to get in the pool. I just hope my feet aren’t frozen stuck to the concrete at 7 am.

    As I said, I keep telling myself this is good for me. It is good for me to try to keep my body fit because I am a steward of that body. I am the primary caretaker of what God has given me. I haven’t always taken good care of it and even now and then I fail, but I am trying to eat healthily, exercise, rest, and keep my mind active.

    All these things of course are secondary for my well being. They are secondary because keeping my heart, not the physical one but the spiritual one, healthy is my primary concern, because it is God’s primary concern about me. The spiritual part of me needs to be healthy for this is the one which will last into eternity. The mind and the body need to be kept healthy to operate in this world and they also effect the spiritual side, but what is most important is the spiritual heart which was made new the day I received God’s grace.

    There are days which are also a challenge to keep the spiritual heart healthy. Like the days that someone treats me poorly or the days that memories creep up about a failure in my life or those days when I feel far away from God.

    But then I need to go back to this verse above. I need to remind myself that God made me and God has given me in addition the greatest gift ever, the forgiveness of sins and my transformation into a new creature. Revelation 21:5 says, “He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!””

    So I challenge you to do something every day the rest of this week which is good for you. Do something that is healthy for your body, but also do something that will help you live into being the new person God longs for you to be. We are forgiven, an opportunity to start over and because of that we are in the process of being made new.


    Pastor Randy

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