Dear Friends,

I do two things for exercise.  Run and lift weights.  I like to run more than I like to lift weights.  But I know, especially as I age, that muscles that aren’t worked tend to atrophy.  It’s the old “use it or lose it” principle.

It reminds me of a story.  God told a man to push with all his strength against a huge rock.  He did just that, day after day, week after week. He tried with all his might to move that huge rock.  It didn’t budge an inch.  He felt like a failure.  He felt like he had failed God. He wondered why God had given him such an impossible task. So he asked God in prayer.  And this is what God said:

“My friend, I told you your task was to push against that rock with all your strength, which you have done.  I didn’t tell you your task was to move the rock.  Who told you that?  Now you come to me with your strength spent, thinking you have failed.  But is that really so?  Look at yourself. Your arms are now strong and muscled and your legs are massive and strong.  Through opposition you have grown much.  It’s true you haven’t moved the rock.  But your calling was to be obedient and to push and to exercise your faith and to trust my wisdom.  That you have done.  Now, I’ll move that rock.  And I’ll give you something else to push against.”

P.U.S.H.  It’s a good acronym to carry with you today.  Pray Until Something Happens.

In Christ,