About two months ago I said that gym had "become fun"
I haven't been back since then
Why is making a habit of going to gym so hard?!
Especially since it quickly becomes exciting to see your improvement
All the exercising of will power; good intentions, whatever -
Nothing seems to work.
This following looks like a digression but bear with me:
When I was about 10, my grandpa made me a double-storey dolls house -
Handcrafted with loving care, such attention to detail
With a handcarved varnished staircase, green felt lawns, a mirror fish pond with tiny hat-decoration flowers around it.
Months and months of painstaking work, love and care went into every minute detail as he bent over it in his fragrant-wood-smelling workshop.
I was thrilled with my wonderful present and for a while played with it constantly.
But over time, it got sidelined, abandoned
I left it in the garden, in the rain, in the sun.
I didn't even notice that the wood warped and bent.
That the varnish peeled away, the paint faded and the staircase broke.
My beloved grandpa never said a word but I wonder what he felt.
Dear man that he was - I know he would not have held it against me
Oh when I think of it today my heart aches!
But you know, God can use everything to teach us something - and maybe what follows is that . .
And against that backdrop, an unusual thought occurred to me, born, I think, out of this scripture:
"But a body You have prepared for Me" (Hebrews 10:5)
It was prophetically spoken about Jesus, referring to God's preparation of His human body.
It also tells us that "You (God) formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb" (Psa 139:13) - the implication being that He made a body for us too.
A handcrafted body, carefully tailormade for us. Unique.
But needing care.
Here's the connection:
The way my grandfather crafted my dolls house is a vivid picture of the way God lovingly crafted my body for me.
I want to value His present to me
To see it as a gift to treasure and look after.
Not to neglect it and let it fall into ruins as I did my grandfather's gift.
May this lesson run deep and bear good lasting fruit!