I’m not one to do things by half measures. I’m, like most men, sort of binary like that. I either don’t workout at all, or (like now) I’ve joined a gym, and am working out days per week.
It’s all about changes, really. I see my body changing, my energy flagging, and my waistline expanding. Time was, I didn’t have to do anything about it. I could eat what I wanted.
But the carefree days of youth are gone–replaced by sobering reality:
Things cannot continue as they have been. It’s time that childish ways were put behind me (while simultaneously keeping my childlike sense of wonder intact). I think about the future, about being there for my family…
It’s about far more than just exercise–as important as that is. It’s about setting an example, about leaving a legacy. To that end, while I’m exercising the self-discipline to condition my body, I’m also involved in counseling. Because I want to discipline my soul. I want to free myself from the wrong ways I’ve handled things.
I want to set an example for my family that continues long after I’m gone.
I want to finish strong.
So I work, and strive, now to build not just a better body, but a better soul. For it was for freedom that Christ set us free. I don’t want to continue to be entangled in the negative influences, and patterns, that have shaped me until now. It’s time to let that go.
I’ve learned something along the way I’d like to pass onto you:
It’s not enough to just let something (bad, negative, hurtful, sinful) go; no, else we risk leaving a void.
We have to replace those former things with something good, uplifting, holy.
You see, I’m making a lot of changes lately. I’m tearing down one house in order to build it upon a better foundation.
Are there any you need to make?