Written by: Gawie De Lange
Article source: JOY! Magazine

“Whatever is true, whatever is honourable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, … think continually on these things, centre your mind on them, and implant them in your heart.” – Philippians 4:8, AMP

Being under lockdown has been tougher than I expected: between juggling Zoom calls, managing staff remotely, and implementing new business plans; I have still tried to carve out some ‘extra time’. I believe it is in these ‘extra’ moments that we are moulding ourselves, moulding how we – as Christians – will look, act, and ultimately who we will become once lockdown eventually ends. 

Exercise your spirit
During this home-bound time, our family initiated a “COFIT-19” challenge. We started with 20 pushups and sit ups each day, and have added one extra repetition per day. 60+ days later, our clothes are starting to feel a bit bigger, and our stomachs a little smaller – thankfully not the other way around! This is a direct result of diligently following the exercises and schedule that we set. This same concept applies to our spiritual wellbeing. When we intentionally use our ‘extra time’ to read the Word, worship, pray, and rest in His presence, our spirit becomes stronger and ‘spiritually fit’. This sustains us through tough times and any troubles we may face in the future (Prov 18:14).

Is all well with you?
In 3 John 1:2, the apostle writes: “Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.” I want to ask you the same question: Is all well with you? I encourage you to read the following Scriptures to build your spirit. Write them on the bathroom mirror, or better yet – the fridge! Meditate on them: Isaiah 40:29-31, 2 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:10, Jeremiah 1:8, Hebrews 13:6, and Psalm 91. Be strong and courageous – the world needs to see the Hope of Christ in us now more than ever.

Gawie De Lange is the General Manager of JOY! Magazine. Email gawie@joymag.co.za

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