Our bodies are amazing creations. Have you ever stopped to think of all the positive physical changes that take place in your body when you begin to exercise consistently? Cardiovascular exercise like running stimulates the metabolic processes in the body. Your liver begins to work more efficiently purifying your blood and replacing enzymes depleted due to physical exertion. You lose weight as fat cells are converted into energy. Your heart muscle becomes a more efficient pump. Your overall muscle tone improves. You sleep better and even your brain function improves. From a cellular level and beyond, your body is made new. Not surprisingly, there are many correlations between our physical health and spiritual health. In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul wrote "Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun." Romans 6:4 says "Just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life." God works in us through His Holy Spirit to begin improving our spiritual health. We become less selfish, our words and thoughts change, and people around us begin to recognize that we are different as they see the fruit of the Spirit modeled in our lives. Like with physical exercise, the key to spiritual change is consistency. When we consistently practice spiritual discipline - daily prayer, Bible reading, fellowship with other believers, we are slowly and surely made new. Fellowship or the support of like-minded people, is an important part of the process of being made new both physically and spiritually. That's the kind of support you will find with the Calvary Running Team. We are all on a path to being made new and we want to see one another succeed. If you desire to see these kind of improvements in the coming year, I encourage you to join us.
Our training schedule will be returning to normal this week. On Wednesday we will meet at noon at the Springfield entrance to Pre's Trail (the corner of Aspen and D Streets), on Saturday we will meet at 9 am at Weyerhaueser Road (Bob Straub Parkway and 57th Street) and on Sunday we will meet at 3 pm at Dorris Ranch. Come join us as we seek to be made new together.
Have a great week! Pastor John