No More Excuses: Fitness by Default!


Today I went to the gym. I have put it off for so long but alas, one-by-one my excuses have fallen away and now I am left with only one—my own pathetic lack of discipline.

I can no longer complain that I have babies under foot and would have to get a sitter. I am past the taxi-mom days of running children from sports to play dates to music lessons, so “busy” is out. I no longer leave the house to go to a full-time job every day, so I can’t cry about exhaustion and work deadlines. And, to my delight, (or dismay?) a friend told me about this amazing, no yearly contract, special offer at our local gym-which is ridiculously close to my house! So, “can’t afford the membership” and “too far to drive” are out the window, as well.

Darn it! There go all my go-to excuses. Now, I am forced to overcome my lack of discipline and get into the routine of slapping on my sneakers, squeezing into my stretchy workout pants, and driving to the gym. The good news is it’s a ghost town at the time of day that I show up. Everybody else is at work!

What about you? Maybe finding time for exercise isn’t your problem but what about spending time in the Word of God and developing your relationship with Him?

Do you have a million excuses for neglecting your daily time with the Lord?

For many of you, exercise or gym time is something you wouldn’t even think of missing on a given day. You have made it a priority. It is a part of your very identity. Missing your workout even effects your mood and therefore, your relationship with your family and others.

Shouldn’t you put just as much importance on developing your relationship with the Lord through a daily quiet time? We can actually know the heart of God through studying and meditating on His Word. We can find strength, wisdom, comfort, peace, and validation there. We can commune with the very God of the universe through the act of prayer.

Christian, what excuses do you have for not getting with God every day? Nothing is more important for life, for peace, for relationships, for godliness. Make it a priority. No more excuses.

Give God the very best part of your day and he will bless you with time for everything else he needs you to accomplish. I have definitely found this to be true in my own life. Praying that you will make time for Him!

“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (NIV)

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”              Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2 (NIV)

About Heart of the Matter

I am a southern wife and mom who loves reading, music, studying the Bible, and playing a game of tennis now and then. I also enjoy spending time at the beach and have amassed quite a seashell collection. I love all things southern: sweet tea, magnolia trees, comfort food and entertaining. I live in awe of what my Savior has done for me and desire to share spiritual encouragement with others.
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1 Response to No More Excuses: Fitness by Default!

  1. primyourdestinyawaitsu says:

    wow, i love the way you incorporated fitness with the word of God, absolutely eye opening and so true! ” Give God the very best part of your day and He will bless you with time for everything else He needs you to accomplish.” I love it. God bless you for this inspirational message.

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