For the past few weeks, my gym attendance has been pretty solid. I meet a friend of mine five days a week early in the morning. We stick to a routine each day, working out specific parts of our bodies.
There are several benefits to working out regularly and I am not going to list them all in this post. However, I do want to point out something that I have noticed about myself throughout this more active time period.
I am noticing some irritation in my joints above and beyond general soreness. Specifically, my shoulders and knees will ache from time to time. Now before you go on the “You’re not using proper form,” kick, I will say that we are using proper form. It just makes sense that the more you use your joints the greater chance you have for them to experience some irritation.
If you sit back and do nothing, you could experience less discomfort. However, you are not experiencing all the benefits associated with regular exercise. Plus, you are not using your joints for what they are designed to do: move.
I have discovered something else over the past few weeks. Sharing your faith opens you up to irritation and hurt too. As followers of Christ, we are called to share His love with those around us. We are called to reach out to those who don’t know Him and this can lead to some challenging situations. However, the fact that they are challenging, should not stop us from sharing.
It is way easier to sit back and not share Christ with those around us and that will definitely decrease our chances of getting irritated and hurt. However, just like our joints are designed for movement, we are designed to share His love with those around us.
Both regular exercise and sharing our faith puts us in situations where we can experience irritation and pain. However, it is for those very situations our joints and us as a whole have been designed. We can’t get away from the importance of movement and sharing the love of Christ.
How are you doing in your exercising?
How are you doing with sharing your faith?