DayBreaks 02/23/11 – The Most Powerful Treadmill
Are you into exercise? Do you go to the gym and climb on a stair-stepper, elliptical or treadmill? Such devices are literally, life-savers for many. Well, maybe that’s a bit strong – they can’t save a life, but they can prolong it.
I don’t like treadmills. I was in a health club in Atlanta during the holidays in which an entire wall was lined with treadmills so that the people exercising on the treadmills were all facing the same direction. On the wall that we were looking at, a movie was being shown, so the room was appropriately dark. One person came in to get on a treadmill and failed to notice that the last person who had used the treadmill didn’t turn it off, so when she stepped onto the treadmill, she did a nose-dive as she flew off the back of the treadmill! It was a strong, powerful machine…and it got the better of her because she was unaware that it was running.
While treadmills can cause injuries, there’s another kind of treadmill that is even worse – in fact, it is the most powerful treadmill in the world. What is it? It is the treadmill of desire. Humans seem to be insatiable for stuff – possessions, material things. We aren’t content with a single burger, we have to have it supersized. We aren’t happy with the things we possess and we want more. Advertising experts are constantly reminding us that we can’t really be happy without what they’re hawking, and we sure seem to agree with them.
Are you on that treadmill? Are you looking for completion, satisfaction and fulfillment for the wrong things? Jesus came to give us fullness of life – in all the ways that really matter. He knows that what we long for isn’t really anything we can buy, but something that only His Spirit can produce in us and give us.
Don’t let the treadmill of desire throw you. Redirect your desires to the things which are above!
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. – Colossians 3:2
PRAYER: We need You to change our desires, Lord, to turn us away from the things that tempt us to remain in this world. Change our hearts to long for those things that can only come from Your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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