September 17, 2020
Staying Positive, part 4

By Dr. Oliver Wagner, Senior Pastor
"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my servant so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
I come at last to the end of the AJC article about “staying positive” in the workplace. The article was written for workers in jobs to give them real world skills that they can use to improve their workplace. (AJC, 9/13/20, H1) I think the advice works well for any of us in any place…neighborhood living, home life, church work, volunteer organizations, extended families, work. The final bit of advice that offers to help you turn a negative environment to a more positive one is this: Exercise and Pray (meditate). After all, we are both body and spirit…and both need our attention. Taking good care of yourself is important if you are to be able to love and serve others.

Here is a quote from “Exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve motivation and mood levels.” That should get you up and going! When we are physically active endorphins are released and we feel better. Walking for just 12 minutes, a study at Iowa State University found last year, is a powerful mood booster. Exercise fights off depression, increases energy levels and is healthy for our heart and muscles. When I walk the dog around the block I find myself humming or singing after only 300 yards. It just happens. It works!

The article in the Jobs section adds this “in addition to exercise, meditation and mindfulness, exercises can reduce aggression, irritability and anger according to research.” Go ahead, google and practice a few mindfulness exercises and you’ll immediately benefit. As Christians, we are a people of prayer…so slow it down. Pause, reflect, focus your thoughts and hopes on God and call to mind the many blessings that are yours. Pray without ceasing. Breathe in peace and breathe out love. Exercise and pray to make it a better you, a better workplace, a better everyplace. 
You command us, Lord God Almighty, to love you with heart, soul, mind and strength. Help me to be a good steward of my body, mind and spirit, that I may serve you by serving others. Amen.
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