How Flexible Are You?

How Flexible Are You?

Physical Fitness Central IllinoisStretching is an important component of a good fitness program.  Studies have shown that stretching can help individuals recover from workouts faster, and it can also reduce soreness, prevent injuries and increase flexibility.  If stretching is done as a type of meditation it can be a great way to reduce stress too!

Our ability to be flexible, or lack there of, can carry over into all areas of our lives.  I tend to be a Type A person so I struggle with being “flexible” at times.  I don’t like when my plans change.  I can get very frustrated when I have my day planned minute by minute only to wake up with a sick kid.  I can really throw myself an adult pity party if I have budgeted for something and then we are hit with an unexpected expense.

To be flexible means to be easily modified, to respond to altered circumstances or conditions.  If you look further and make a list of synonyms of the word flexible you will find:  adaptable, adjustable, variable, versatile, open-ended, open, FREE.

To be flexible.  To be FREE.

I love the story in the Bible about Mary & Martha.  It reads, “As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him.  She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.  But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.”

Ok, I don’t know about you, but I am so Martha in this story.  First of all I have fully confessed to being Type A which means I don’t sit still very well.  Second of all, if Jesus came to my house…Oh my heavens, I can’t even imagine!  I would not want him sitting on my stained couches, witnessing the dog hair tumbleweeds that covers my floors, the finger prints on our glass top kitchen table (stupidest purchase EVER, but thats a whole other topic), and the list could go on! Can you relate?!  Now back to the story…

“Martha came to Jesus and asked, “Lord don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself?  Tell her to help me!”  The Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only 1.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”  Luke 10:38-42

This story is a great example of how being INFLEXIBLE can cause us to miss the boat.  Martha missed the point.  She was too focused on her to do list, her plan, to seize this amazing opportunity to sit at the feet of Jesus!  How often does this happen in our everyday?  We are too busy with our to do list to play with our kids, connect in a conversation, learn something new, or make time for exercise.

I encourage you to carve in time to stretch – your body physically & your heart and mind spiritually.

If we stretch, we can grow.  We can experience freedom!