Is exercise your one word for this year?

Typically when we hear the word we think weight loss or getting in shape. Rarely do we consider the word’s alternate meanings. Yet there is such a thing as exercising our faith. 


The Online Dictionary defines exercise as:

(1)  An activity requiring physical effort, carried out especially to sustain or improve health and fitness

(2)  A task or activity done to practice or test a skill.

(3)  A process or activity carried out for a specific purpose, especially one concerned with a specified area or skill.

(4)  A military drill or training maneuver.

(5)  The use or application of a faculty, right, or process.

(6)  Use or apply (a faculty, right, or process).

(7)  To occupy the thoughts of; worry or perplex.

Whew! That’s a lot of meanings for one word. But, for let’s focus on this one:

“Exercise is a process or activity carried out for a specific purpose, especially one concerned with a specified area or skill.”

When we want to fit into a particular outfit we do a lot of physical exercise. Similarly, if we want to develop a particular skill or muscle, we have to exercise that trait.

We exercise when we make a focused effort.

We exercise when we make it a goal and become intentional in making it happen.

Do you need to exercise more faith? More optimism? More hope? Or maybe you just need to exercise? Start today.

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and should reflect our promise to glorify him in the flesh.

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