Stretching Your Legs
Most people probably start losing their flexibility at age 11 or 12, in leaving their childhood and their bodies mature. This means that like any adult, they must stretch to keep their flexibility. Flexibility is more valuable than just striking a wild yoga posture; it can bring relaxation and comfort, basically leaving you feeling good. It’s very important to a healthy lifestyle. It doesn’t require much to stay flexible. Just stretch regularly. If you stretch a little bit each day, you can easily stay or grow more flexible.
This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.'” Matthew 6:9-11 (NIV UK)
Our ability to listen to and serve God is a lot like our physical flexibility. We have to give daily effort to stay flexible in spirit. When we forget about God, when we don’t spend time with him for a while, we lose the strength of our relationship. We have to stay dedicated to God and his purpose, to have our “daily bread”, to be strong in spirit.
It’s a simple concept, but incredibly pertinent to us today. It’s just like any relationship, our relationship with God requires time and effort. If you simply talk to someone once a day, never listened, and walked away, how could they be your friend? We have to not only pray to God, but we have to listen to him also. We have to spend time with him to grow with him.
God loved us enough to send his son to die. He wants a relationship with us. All we have to do is what we would with any friendship. We spend daily time, prayer, and concentration–our daily bread–to stay flexible in the spirit. So loosen up. Stretch your legs.