I read recently that a man who studied and taught martial arts was encouraged to study the Bible. He remarks that while the joy of what he was learning was growing inside him, he was never told he had to quit karate nor stop teaching it. Eventually he chose to give up that pursuit for a life of ministry.
I found that to be refreshing because the joy and comfort of the Scriptures encourages the life of peace without demanding it. Demanding a change of life is actually counter productive, isolating groups of interests. Our Heavenly Father allows pursuits in lifestyles while encouraging those who wish to a close, personal relationship with Him.
Many pursuits like the martial arts have physically beneficial effects for us, to be involved in these is not condemned nor should it be judged. We as spiritual persons are not the judges, we are the messengers.., the examples.., the "light" for those who are struggling, hurting and frustrated. This means we willingly and cheerfully submit to God's Will, leaving behind our negative traits, choosing instead to be generous, imitating our loving Heavenly Father.
How have you shined your spirituality today?
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