Getting Out What We Put In

Seek and you will find. Matthew 7:7

My oldest son, Zack, started weight lifting in the fall. I’ve never seen him work so hard at anything in his life. He watched video after video to establish a routine that would target different muscles on different days. He researched diets and then overhauled his – removing a lot of junk food and replacing it with protein, fruits and vegetables. He dropped some serious cash on muscle strengthening powder drinks and consumes them before each workout.

Physically and mentally, he’s completely transformed. His shoulders and neck have broadened, and his arms bulge. He can now bench 200 pounds!

When I asked him why he got so into it, he took a moment, and then responded: “It’s the first time that I’ve gotten out of something what I’ve put in.” I believe the same holds true for our faith lives.

Just like Zack exercised his physical muscles and saw results, each time we exercise our spiritual muscles, we feel results. The more we pray, the closer to God we feel. The more we surrender our heart to Him, the more He fills it with peace. The more we replace our will with His, the smoother our path becomes.

God is always working for our good. Like Zack did his research to find what works and what doesn’t, if we looked back over our lives to identify God’s hand at work, we’d be more inclined to do whatever we have to to find our way to Him.

Then, just like Zack had to implement the techniques he found, we do too – making the time and space to connect with God to strengthen our bond with Him.

Questions for Reflection:

  • Am I willing to put in as much into prayer as I want to get out of it?
  • Where have I seen the positive results of giving my heart to God?

Just like my son exercised his physical muscles and saw results, each time we exercise our spiritual muscles, we feel results. #shiftingmyperspective

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