Exercising... I used to spend 2 hours, 7 days a week exercising. I was in the best shape of my life, I had an enormous amount of energy (I couldn't afford it now, but I ate a lot! and very healthy) and I was always in a great mood. I don't exercise quite like that anymore. Although I do plan to get back into shape, at that time I was exercising too much (if that's possible). I was doing it for selfish reasons, vanity and self worth. I was obsessed to the point where if I didn't get to exercise a day for some reason, or not as long as I would have liked, I was very angry at myself.
I understand now that I am not a fitness model, it is not my job and not even important to me to have the best body, although I should eat right and exercise to be healthy. That time was me twisting a good thing and making it something that was actually negative.
The idea of exercising faith, now, this is something very different. This can put you in the best shape of your life (much more than physical), put you in a great mood (much more than smiling and happy) and strengthen you like only God can strengthen a person. As far as exercising too much faith, well, if I am truly relying on God, I don't see how this could ever be a negative thing. This is something that I should be "obsessed" about doing, if I am truly committing my life to God.
I have had to exercise a lot of faith in the past months, but I still often am putting God into various sized boxes, not exercising faith in a God who is almighty and all powerful.
"Why do you say, O Jacob,
and complain, O Israel,
'My way is hidden from the Lord;
my cause is disregarded by my God'?
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
This Chapter was describing how big God is... So big, that even the small mundane issues I sometimes feel burdened by, I need to exercise my faith. That He is who He says He is, that even the biggest problems in my life, He is faithful if I believe.
I will keep you posted on what he continues to do in my life as some before and afters of exercising my faith.