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Mother Gladys White McCarthy

 posted by: Ebenezer United Methodist on 7/10/2018

The Ebenezer UMC Family extends its sincerest condolences to Bro. Lorenzo McCarthy and Family for the loss of their beloved Mother. We are keeping the family lifted in prayer. Read More

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Sis. Deloris Ashley

 posted by: Ebenezer United Methodist on 7/8/2018

The Ebenezer UMC Family is lifting Sis. Ashley in prayer as she recovers. Read More

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Bro. Leroy and Sis. Lucy Lucas

 posted by: Ebenezer United Methodist on 7/8/2018

The Ebenezer UMC Family is lifting Bro. and Sis. Lucas and their family in prayer during their illness. Read More

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Sis. Jackie Schell

 posted by: Ebenezer United Methodist Church on 7/7/2018

The Ebenezer UMC Family is lifting Sis. Schell in prayer as she recovers at home. Read More

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Daughter & Family

 posted by: Anon on 6/27/2018

Please pray for my 16-year-old daughter as she deals with an eating disorder. Please pray that she be healed and for help getting through the healing process. Please also pray for my wife and me, that we best support our daughter and each other... Read More

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Do It Because You Don’t Want To

 

Do It Because You Don’t Want To 

“But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:27).
IT’S HEALTHY TO DO SOMETHING EVERY DAY THAT WE REALLY DON’T WANT TO DO — JUST FOR THE EXERCISE. There is a great benefit in PRACTICING the art of self-discipline, that is, engaging in it regularly just for the sake of building our mental muscles.
When Paul said that he “disciplined” his body and brought it into “subjection,” he spoke of something that requires a bit of unpleasantness from time to time. By its very nature, training requires us to get out of our comfort zone. If we never call upon our “muscles” to do anything more than what they want to do, then we never gain the ability to do anything more than that. It’s just that simple. And so we ought to look for opportunities to do things that we don’t want to do. It’s one good way that we grow.
Have you ever watched someone “exercising”? Many of the bodily movements by which strength and agility are developed would be ridiculous if we did them for any reason other than training or exercise. Take sit-ups, for example. There is only one reason to do sit-ups: TO MAKE YOUR ABDOMINAL MUSCLES DO THINGS THEY DON’T WANT TO DO. No one would ever do it for any other reason except training . . . practice . . . exercise . . . discipline. When you do sit-ups, you’re demonstrating that you grasp one of life’s great principles: THERE IS VALUE IN DOING THINGS THAT DON’T WANT TO BE DONE.
Nothing is more valuable than to have our faculties — mental and spiritual, as well as physical — trained and ready to respond to important needs. But having faculties that will respond to important needs is not something that happens overnight or without any effort. When the big tests of life come along, we won’t be ready for them if we haven’t been training for them before then. So today, if there’s some unpleasant little duty that could easily be procrastinated, do it just because you don’t want to. Take that little opportunity to put the flesh in its place. Teach your body to take orders from your spirit. Someday, you’ll be mighty glad you did.
“Keep the faculty of effort alive in you by a little gratuitous exercise every day. Be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points. Do every day or two something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test” (William James).
Gary Henry – WordPoints.com
 

Comments:

Posted by Marie Marks on June 11, 2013
Doing those things to strengthen me spiritually, physically and emotionally is proving to be quite a task. I am so thankful for this word from Pastor today. It serves as my motivation to not forego my left side muscle exercises but to Just Do It. God has provided me strength and ability and now is my time to Just Do It showing Him my thanks for being still alive to serve Him and Glorify His Holy Name. Praise God Almighty!!!
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