I like to lift weights. I do it to keep in shape, feel better, and maybe even get stronger, or at my age, at least maintain.

This summer, I hit a plateau. In fact, my repetitions even went down some. I discovered there were a couple of reasons for that. For one, I let some bad news get me down. While dwelling on bad news, my physical strength was adversely affected. Also, partly to compensate for decreasing reps, I compromised on my technique.

I didn’t take the weights through the full range of motion, thus giving my muscles less of a workout.

Once I discovered what was wrong, I took steps to correct my errors.

I listened to less news, and what news was bad, I took to the Lord and gave it to Him to “worry about,” to take care of, really. Less clutter in the mind, and certainly less distress freed me up to feel more energy. Then, by paying attention to doing the exercises properly, my muscles got a better workout (confirmed by some soreness the first couple of days!) and my repetitions started increasing again.

What is true in the physical is often true on the spiritual as well. Sometimes we get so bogged down with bad news, or simply the issues of life, that we lose sight of Jesus and the salvation He gives, and we easily become depressed, weighed down with cares, and spiritually listless or weak. Or, we compromise on our prayer life, Bible reading, church attendance — things that build our faith. Or we don’t put our whole hearts into them, and as a result, we find ourselves weaker in faith, not hearing from God, spiritually weak.

While the solution is simple, it is not always easy. It is not always easy, because we have to admit we are in the wrong. If we find ourselves far from God, it is we who have moved away. We must refocus our spiritual vision on Jesus Christ, on the cross and Resurrection. Just as Peter walked on water when He looked in faith to Christ, but sank when he took his concentration off Jesus, so also must we concentrate on Jesus. (See Matthew 14:22-33) And we must also make sure we are diligent and faithful in our spiritual disciplines. (Bible reading, prayer, church, giving, etc.)

The Lord says, “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) Jesus promised, “Whoever seeks, finds.” (Matthew 7:7-8) “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be given you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Missionary to Uganda Michael Rokenbrodt will be at Faith Lutheran Church Saturday, October 10, from 6-8 p.m. His presentation will be an interactive drama, “66 books in 66 Minutes,” as he takes important verses from every book of the Bible to give a unique overview of the Sacred Scriptures.

The message will be appropriate for both children and adults; Michael excels as a storyteller. Plan to attend.

He will also bring the message Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Faith, which is located at 3464 Old Marion Road , Metropolis. Church phone: 618-524-4243.

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