About a week ago, I took my first yoga class. It was a great experience — taught by a friend and surrounded by good people. The class was part of our school improvement goal of overall health: mind, body, and spirit. The Wellness Committee at our school has done a great job of helping us to focus on Mindfulness, Movement, and Motivating each other through various challenges and activities that have also boosted morale a bit.
What I loved about this class is that it was a judgment-free zone, and we had lots of support — support for old knees, modifications for inflexible bodies, blankets, and lavender-scented eye masks for the final sequence. We stretched, laughed, and wobbled for an hour — always remembering to breathe and to be conscious of every breath.
Remembering to slow down and breathe is a great life lesson. We don’t do it enough in our fast-paced lives. Waiting, resting, and thinking too long are seen as weaknesses in a world where we want everything right now. Moving at warp speed all the time without stopping for a minute to catch your breath can cause you to lose everything — your peace, your soul, your mortal self.
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? ~Mark 8:36
All too often, we chase things of the World because we think they will bring us joy. We work long hours chasing money and boasting about it to your friends. Some might admire your hustle; others will call you a fool. As the World draws you closer and invites you to earn more, you RSVP of your own free will, and the destruction begins. The gate is wide, and the road is broad.
No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. ~ Matthew 6:24
What can we do to save ourselves? How will we enter the narrow gate? Well, we can start by using our free will to do what’s right in God’s eyes. Second, yet most important is choosing to serve God. Take up your cross and follow him. It seems like a no-brainer, but many will struggle with this decision.
When I was young in my faith, I used to believe that at the end of our earthly lives, we’d all meet again in Heaven. It’s a beautiful thought, but I know the truth. For that reason, I’ve exercised my free will to write about and to speak boldly about the mighty God I serve in an effort to draw others to Christ. As Christians, we aren’t just meant to have faith. Faith without works is dead. So, take a deep, cleansing breath, and get to work.
What can you do today to get as many people as you can through that narrow gate?