Posts Tagged ‘Fitness Center’

My wife attends the University of West Florida. As a student card carrier (nautilus card), she has complimentary access to the UWF Fitness Center. This is a sprawling complex, a candy store (or should I say a fruit and veggie stand) for fit and becoming fit people. Amenities include basketball courts, locker rooms, exercise machines, free weights, cardio machines (including scary stair climbers – my calves shake in fear), and climbing walls. Becki has free access because she has a student card.

Climbing Wall at UWF Fitness Center

Climbing Wall at UWF Fitness Center

Gym On at UWF Fitness Center

Gym On at UWF Fitness Center

In January, we paid for me to join (perk of being married to a very cute Argonaut).  My wallet now holds a nautilus guest card and I have access to the candy (or fruit and veggies). I take full advantage, usually visiting twice a week to get my gym on. When I approach the check-in gate a twinge of panic presents itself because I’m not a student and I don’t feel like I should be walking in with students. Then, I pull out my nautilus card, swipe it through the id scanner and sashay in. Panic passes and confidence comes. I have access because I paid for a guest card.

A place exists infinitely greater than my new fitness center. This place is not greater because of its amenities but because of its occupant. This occupant is the source of all things, ruling the cosmos with absolute authority and plenary power while being the very definition of love. This occupant is God Almighty and this great place is His throne room. An insignificant speck of dust like me has no business entertaining thoughts of seeing this great place let alone entering. Forget panic, that is pure poppycock. Jesus Chris, God’s Son, paid for me to have a card called salvation that grants me access. By accepting the gift of this card, not only am I granted access to this great place but also into this great God’s family. Every time I pray, I can confidently come in and call God Almighty my heavenly Father. I have access because Jesus paid for a son card.

Hebrews 4:16 (NASB) Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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Me in the fitness center

Me in the fitness center

I make use of the free fitness center at our apartment complex (well, “free” as much as it is included in our monthly rent).  Last week a pungent odor (something like a well used middle school gym locker room that hasn’t been ventilated in a very long time) greeted me there.  Phew!  Apparently, the normal smell of activity in the room wasn’t being replaced and refreshed by outside air.  The staggering smell left me searching for solutions.  I came up with turning on fans, leaving the door open and looking to open the windows.

For me in life it’s easy to settle into rhythms of routine that end up becoming ruts.  It’s comfortable to close myself off to the outside air of activities, ideas and thoughts, especially those contrary to my ruts.  I may be comfortable but my life stagnates and slowly begins to stink.

Recently I’ve been making a conscious effort to open myself up to outside air from the Lord, my wonderful wife, and other people.  The Lord is responding to that effort by bringing all kinds of fresh air through my life in the form of unique opportunities, new notions and constructive criticism.  It’s been a challenge at times but what a different it’s been making in my life.

Acts 2:1-2 NASB, “1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.”  Holy Spirit, fill the whole house of my life.  Refresh and recirculate my activities, ideas and thoughts.  I open myself a fresh and anew to you today!