I have been exercising a lot lately, some days with my younger son. It sure helps having a partner! On Saturday I mentioned to my sons that I would like to see if I could get ready to participate in a 5k. Both of them were adamant that I not try to do a 5k. It turns out they think I might die (these are teen guys)! Although I am very pleased they are concerned for my well-being, sometimes a mom has to do what a mom has to do. Yes, I do have a heart defect, but it is controlled by medicine. I told my sons I would talk to my cardiologist and see what he has to say about the situation. He is the expert, after all.
Makes me think about the condition of the spiritual heart. Before we go jump in and try to do things we are not ready for, we need to take the baby steps of spiritual growth, beginning with being born again, before we can start running the race. It requires studying and applying God's word to life, keeping the prayer lines open, and listening and learning from people God puts in our paths. Plus being ready to do whatever He asks of us.
I am a long way from being physically fit, but I am working on it. I am also a long way from being what God wants me to be. I am working on that, too!