DevotionalNewsJacobson devotional

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7)

To this day, the Bolinger’s excel at sports and exercise regimens of all kinds. That is, except for the oldest of the Bolinger children – me. While my sisters, brother, mom and dad tackled all kinds of athletic ventures in all kinds of weather, I was the very pale Bolinger child who read books all summer from the comfort of our living room couch. In fact, several neighbors didn’t know there was a fourth Bolinger child until several months after we moved to Coshocton, Ohio.

Apparently, many of my faith “family” were athletes as well. Jacob wrestled with God all night and managed to come out with a draw. Jael had enough upper body strength to use a tent peg in a way that can’t be described in this family friendly devotional. David fought Samson, the Hulk Hogan of his day, and brought the giant down with a stone and a sling. Moses and the Israelites engaged in 40 years of aerobic exercise as they and all their possessions traversed the wilderness.

During Lent, we’re encouraged to build some spiritual muscle tone. Some of us give up junk food, both literally and figuratively, and rebuild our diets with fruits of the spirit – Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-control. Others build up the body of Christ by recommitting to their Christian community. Like all new exercise regimes, there will be setbacks and restarts. But keep at it, through Lent and into the brighter days of Eastertide. Even the most pale among us can get some Vitamin D by basking in the Son.

Closing Prayer

Let us remember and be encouraged by the words of Isaiah. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint.” Amen.

Merrilee Bolinger Jacobson