As you lace up your shoes for a run - (those whose ears adjust to the frequency of the beckoning road) - you anticipate your feet responding for the sake of your calling. One foot in front of the other; stride, plant, flex, push, extend, over and over again. Your brain tells your feet to move, and your arms to swing, and your core to stabilize as your lungs expand and contract to supply the oxygen required with of course, the heart driving it all - all in perfect harmony.
And then, the response. You run.
Do me a favor and close your eyes for about ten seconds and imagine the sound of a runner on a gravel road in the early morning when it's quiet. Listen for the sound of each step as well as the rhythmic regularity of each breath. Tat....tat....tat....tat....inhale-exhale....tat....tat....tat....tat....inhale-exhale........
Ever thought of life as a response? Not as a reaction to the things of life, but as a response to God for life. Louie Giglio says, "Worship is our response to God for who He is and what He's done, expressed in and by the things we say and the way we live. We inhale salvation, we exhale praise. That's worship."
Our health (and illness) is a means of praise. In Acts 17, the Bible says God gives life and breath to all things. He GIVES life and He GIVES breath. And then, the response.
- Jimmy Peña
For Discussion: Worship is bigger than the muscle we build and faster than our feet can move, because in truth, it has nothing to do with either of those things. Much like the runner is dependent on the heart to power each step, worship is a spiritual heart issue. If there is no heart, there is no worship. What does your heart sing when you train? Whether you're a walker, runner, lifter, athlete. You inhale grace, exhale praise. That's worship.