“Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s ‘weakness.’” 1 Corinthians 1:25
When celebrating someone’s birthday, I often ask, “How old would you say you are if you didn’t know the year you were born?” In my mind, I am much younger than the date on my driver’s license. Most days I feel fifty-something, and occasionally I want to grab a basketball and shoot some hoops like a teenager. When I am with my little grandsons, I want to swing and play in the sand.
My body begs to differ—for years physical therapy and chiropractor
appointments filled too many squares on my calendar. Human strength is not a gift God gave me at birth, but a responsibility for me care for. Good intentions do not get me to the gym or out for for a walk each day. Recently, I was diagnosed with osteopenia–the precursor to osteoporosis. The doctor prescribed walking and taking calcium to keep the bones from deteriorating and warned me to be careful not to fall and suffer a broken hip.
Our mind needs daily exercising too. Playing games, participating in new and challenging activities can help keep the brain functioning. I’ve heard that keeping hydrated–drinking adequate amounts of water–helps to keep the brain sharper and to stay focused. I’ll try that too!
Build in daily meditation, prayer, and praise too your daily routine, and your body, mind, and soul will thank you.
Lord, thank you for the gift of an intricate body, mind, and soul. Amen.