Treadmill: a device having an endless belt on which an individual walks or runs in place for exercise or physiological testing
Synonyms: drill, grind, groove, lockstep, rote, routine, rut
Thought for the Day: “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24
Exercise. Now that’s a motivating term to either get you up and moving or have you sigh and sit back down in your comfy chair saying, “been there, done that, don’t need it anymore”. Truthfully, we all need exercise regardless of our age. There will always be some form of movement beneficial to stay healthy and in shape.
In an attempt over the years to bring health to my bones, I have joined step classes, jogged, walked, had memberships in gyms, hired personal trainers and, like probably most of you, bought equipment so I could exercise whenever I wanted to. Enter the treadmill, another of those items we purchased in order to workout at home. Just ask me how that went!
After purchasing said equipment for workout purposes, it became tiresome to walk for an hour and not go anywhere. I tried watching Price is Right for an hour and although it was entertaining, I found myself asking Bob Barker when in the world would his hour be over! Another drawback…I didn’t have anyone to share my pain! It’s lonely on a treadmill with no chat partner and I’m a pretty social individual. Out the door the treadmill went along with VCR exercise tapes, and various other equipment. These days I walk on our neighbor trail. At least I get to breath fresh air and say hello to those walking in the opposite direction.
The synonyms listed above for a treadmill seem to hit the nail on the head with my exercise experiences; they are rote, routine, put me in a rut and grind my body. Can you tell I’m…wait for it…a senior? Regardless of that admission I’ve found there are many avenues of life that put us in line with the treadmill terminology. Daily routines become rote and make us feel we are jogging in a place of solitude getting absolutely nowhere. But consider the portion of Webster’s definition regarding treadmill as not only a mode of exercise but used for physiological testing. Our minds and bodies work together in constant motion. What influences the mind will enviably result in the performance of our bodies.
This applies to our belief in God and His Son, Jesus Christ. If you have been a believer since youth, regardless of your present digits, your spiritual life can become stale, rote, routine and feel like you have fallen into a rut. How can one witness about the goodness of the Lord if your own personal belief is stuck treadmilling? The turnabout can be remedied by plugging yourself back into personal Bible study, group study, singing praises to the Almighty God or talking to Him through conversational prayer. We all know the benefits of worship and what better way to worship than to crank up the music that aligns our hearts and minds with the things of God? Of course, if you are still employed you will need earbuds, but fill your days with a constant reminder that God loves you and is wanting to fill each day with blessings.
If you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, you can also experience the stoppage of treadmilling. Our Lord desires his children (and that includes everyone regardless of where you stand with him) to live a life of fulfillment. No one yearns to live in a black & white world without color. Remember when White Christmas and The Wizard of Oz were first colorized? How it changed our interpretation of those stories! We became more engaged because the color drew us in.
Once you give your heart and life to Jesus Christ and believe that he is the resurrected Son of God, your life will feel renewed, refreshed, rebooted and colorized. The blinders of unbelief will fall and a whole new mindset will emerge because the Holy Spirit of God will burst within your soul. The same Holy Spirit that hovered over the waters when the world was created and is part of the Trinity, will become a permanent house guest in your life. Although you might have moments of treadmilling, you will know exactly how to turn those times of rut and routine into vital moments of giving it all over to God. Allow God to colorize your life.
Treadmilling…it’s up to you.
Lord, thank you for the insights given when ordinary everyday items are brought to mind. I pray if there is someone reading this writing that doesn’t know what a great, awesome and mighty God you are, he/she will colorize their lives with your glory. May many come to know and love you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Judith "Cookie" White is the founder of The Sounding Board Ministry. She is the author of two devotional books which are available on this site.