Chapter 20 of Meeting God in Quiet Places: The Cotswold Parables by F. LaGard Smith involves flexing your spiritual muscles in order to be spiritually strong. The secret of being strong spiritually is doing spiritual exercises--spiritual exercises that will increase your godliness. And it takes the same moaning and groaning, and huffing and puffing that physical exercise takes!
We all know how to make our bodies strong, don't we? LaGard recounts his journey toward fitness and better health by making his body stronger, walking in the Cotswolds. He tells us: "There are any number of reasons for my daily walks in the Cotswolds. The beauty, the relaxation, the solitude--they all call out to me, 'Come!' And so each day I head up to the hills. But this year my daily walks became part of a regimen of keeping fit, and may have turned out to be a lifesaver."
He says that walking in the hills is hard if you aren't used to it. And we can all imagine how difficult it would be go hiking in the shape we're in. Mostly we all do the same thing...too much eating and sitting and not enough movement in our daily lives. But if, like LaGard, we will renew our determination to be fitter and healthier, we can condition our bodies to go further and gain vitality and stamina. We can lose weight and gain energy by exercising our physical bodies!