“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in
the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another –
and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:25, NIV

To have a dream is truly a blessing. But this blessing can become a curse if we do not see growth in our lives as a result of that dream. If our dreams only stay dreams and do not move us to take steps or make plans to act upon those dreams, then they can become frustrations and disappointments.

In my dream to climb Mt. Rainier, I had read several accounts of others who had failed in their attempts. One failure I read about occurred because that person failed to plan ahead in regard to being in shape. Consequently, I was motivated to get in as good a shape as possible. I worked out aerobically as well as on my strength. I worked out by myself three times a week with a stationary bike, weights, and doing sit-ups. I regularly walked home from work, sometimes carrying a pack. But the highlight of my workout week was with the rest of the group that I planned to go with to climb the mountain. All of us were from South Florida with the same dream. It was important to be with others to receive and give encouragement to.

Being a Christian is similar. The Christian life is certainly meant to be personal. God wants a personal relationship with each of us. Do you take time to exercise your spirit privately during the week? Do you read the Bible, pray, seek God’s wisdom, and thank Him personally? Taking time for this devotional certainly shows you have an interest! Congratulations!

Do you take time during the week to work out your spirit with others at a church? To do so will certainly bless you and grow you spiritually. Taking time to work out your spirit will make you stronger and will bring you closer to your dreams. Think about or discuss your weekly spiritual workout.

QUESTION: How can I improve my spiritual workout in the future?