This is an email I got from my boss at the gym and I thought I'd pass it along!
I got to thinking the other day how the body is so much like life and our Christian walk. Question...How to you get bigger muscles? Working out right? NO-
From the physical side, what makes the muscle grow is the phase you go through after the workout.
When you break down the actual muscle fiber or a workload is placed on it, or stress it placed upon it. It depends on how much it breaks down, by how much stress is placed on it.
I love working out and sometimes I overdo it a little.
You see, the muscle doesn’t grow, until it is fed and recovers. then over time the continual breakdown and rebuilding of the muscle, makes it grow. And the longer you do this, the stronger you get.
I feel that life is the same way.
The troubles and "stresses" of life have a strange way of helping us find how much courage we really have.
You know when the chips are down and life comes unfair to you, when people are hitting you from all different angles right?
These are the stresses of life that either make you or break you. Because just like the biceps, if you don’t feed them and recover properly, they will never grow.
The bible says,
Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. – James 1:2-4
So just like the physical muscles, we have to feed our spirit with a proper diet of prayer and scripture reading to make it recover properly. We also have to "rest". God said, "be still and KNOW that I am God. That is when you will find true rest.
So stress is a good thing physically and spiritually. But dont forget to take rest days in between your stresses. However, too much rest will just make your muscles atrophy (diminish). So get busy today with your physical and spiritual exercise. Because if we aren't growing, we are only wasting away!