“Your journey has molded you for the greater good, and it was exactly what it needed to be. Don’t think that you’ve lost time. It took each and every situation you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time.” -Asha Tyson
Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by how long you’ve been a Christian, how much you know, or how often you go to church. Spiritual maturity is measured by the way you treat other people. It’s measured by the love you allow to operate through you. First Corinthians 13 tells us about the characteristics of love. One characteristic is that it is not rude. That means, when we are walking in love, we treat other people with courtesy and respect. Are you courteous to other people? Are you kind to the person at the checkout counter that may be moving too slowly for you? Are you gentle when you are driving down the highway and someone cuts you off? Are you patient with your family and coworkers? These are all ways we show love.
Scripture also tells us that love is patient. It is kind. It does not envy; it is not proud. It is not rude. Love is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love never fails. Notice that these characteristics don’t have anything to do with feelings. That’s because love is a choice. You can choose to walk in love toward people even when you don’t feel like it. Today, make the choice to do what is right. Choose today to show kindness and be courteous to others. Look for ways to cultivate the greatest thing in your life—love! As you do, you’ll move forward into the life of blessing God has in store for you!
Isn’t it good to know that no matter what happened yesterday, no matter what you said, no matter what you did, God’s mercy is new for you today? Mercy is empowering. It frees us to make the right choices and live in a way that is pleasing to God. We have to always remember that God is not condemning us. Romans tells us that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ. God wants to love us and equip us to overcome in this life.
Do you need new mercy today? Receive it by faith. You don’t have to beg God to forgive you. He forgives you the first time you ask, but it’s up to you to receive that forgiveness. Open your heart today and receive His mercy. Let Him wash over you with His peace and joy. Then choose to extend that mercy to others. Remember, you are God’s representative in the earth. As you show His love and character to others, He’ll pour out His blessing upon you and use you in ways you never dreamed!
why in the world would you come to the gym to piddle around? i can’t STAND when i’m 20 minutes in to my 30 minute cardio session and a girl comes on the elliptical for 10 minutes tops, without breaking a sweat, then gets off. or worse, when girls come up to the weight machines, do 5 moves, then move on. really? you think that’s doing anything for your body?
now, i’m not saying every person has to be sprinting and killing themselves for hours, but at LEAST try hard! i hate to see people wasting their time.
It isn’t your place to judge another person’s effort or decide whether they’re wasting their own time.
Maybe it’s a big deal for them to be at the gym at all. Maybe those 10 minutes are all they could manage. Maybe that’s 10 minutes of exercise that they wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. Maybe even a short workout like that leaves them in pain, tired, mentally upset or even just plain satisfied.
If they’re not hurting anyone, then they have the right to exercise however they want without being criticized. If they’re most comfortable that way, then they certainly are not wasting their time.
Or maybe the person is recovering from an injury and can only do a few reps of an exercise as directed by a PT. Or maybe they’re recovering from an illness or eating disorder and can’t be running for as long as you.