The idea of building your physical fitness and strength is a normal part of our culture. Gyms and fitness centers can be found in almost any town with a sizable population, and home-gyms, or fitness routines you can do at home, fill in the gaps. Whether it’s for appearance or for health, the idea of building your body’s strength and fitness is accepted and even encouraged in our society.
As good as this is, there is a whole other kind of strength that we don’t give near as much attention to. The hidden strength of character – the emotional and spiritual strength of who we are within – is an even more vital part of our well-being. Even if our body is strong and healthy, if our soul is weak and malnourished then every area of our life suffers for it. The soul is the seat of who we are and all that we do, and if our soul is weakened, then no amount of physical strength can make up for it’s poor condition. When our inner life grows weak, we no longer have the strength to maintain hope, endure pressure, or bear up under the heavy load of life when things don’t work out as we would like. When life gets hard, the strength of our soul is challenged. An unfit soul will find that in times of great pressure, it doesn’t have the strength to push forward and stay committed to what is good, right, and best. In the absence of strength, our soul will give in to what is easiest, most convenient, or most comforting. Even if it’s ultimately the wrong thing to do.
This Sunday at Liberty Hill I’ll be bringing our “Build” series to an end by talking about what it means to lose our soul’s strength, and to then find an even greater, lasting strength. Join us at 10:30 AM as we look to build strength where it matters most!
Pastor Joe Payne