Good Morning, God! I loved this photo when it came into my inbox yesterday as part of a blog called The Chill Factor. Kit takes cold showers and has been touting them to me for years — albeit not too obnoxiously. For a while I did END with cold water. It is easier in the summer . . . or when one has come back from a jog. But, the value lies in the fact that it is NOT easy. It is HARD.
And that takes me back to fasting — which is also easier to do after a jog. Hmmm. A jog is hard. Dying to self, is hard. That command has been much in my mind recently, God.
To tell the truth I think that verse and the one in Philippians I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME have been misused. As for the I CAN DO ALL THINGS — I take that to mean all the things YOU have put in my life or called me too. I do NOT take it to mean that I should work (even Your Work) 7 days a week as the norm — or even a frequent exception.
In short, God, I feel that the devil uses those two verses to blind us to our limits and our breaking points. Humility loves / well ACCEPTS / that we are human creatures. . . CREATED by YOU. How humbling is it to come face to face with our need to take time off and recover? Ah. We still have way down deep — or not so deep — the Adam and Eve desire to BE GODS. Or at least Superman — leaping tall buildings in a single bound! Smile . . . I love that too. But I acknowledge that LANDING is a lot harder now. And setting limits for myself is important — OK OK ESSENTIAL!
Ah, God, such a delicate balance between embracing HARD and still ministering to my real human requirements and limits. I do so need YOUR HELP! (Ah, yes, and I need to ask my family and friends for help too!)
So? Maybe this morning, to jog and end with cold water?