I went and had one of those body fat, muscle, water analysis done today. This was a fairly expensive piece of equipment that did the measuring and calculations, not like those bathroom scale contraptions. The results were a bit discouraging as I saw how much of my body is fat. The Word has an ugly sound when you say it, doesn’t it? Fat ! Yuk, sounds terrible. I don’t know if discouraging is really the right word, because now I am highly motivated to get rid of that ugly word, fat! Maybe a better word would be deflated. I thought I was a macho tough guy, and come to find out I am nothing but a Pillsbury dough boy! Oh well, I guess I better get with the exercising and the dieting even more seriously than I have been, though I have been doing pretty good for a week. I guess this part of my life is just like the spiritual part, it is long term endurance that spells success, not short term endurance. Short term endurance isn’t even endurance, just temporary success that does nothing. Lots of people start well in their walk with Christ, but only a few finish well. Most drift away from total devotion to Christ because they get entangled in the world, they get weary, they get discouraged or they get just plain old lazy. Hebrews 12 says “run the race with endurance”, I intend to do that. Three key things will keep me from drifting away; (1) fear of falling away because of the ease of doing it and the eternal consequence at the Judgment Seat of Christ if I do, (2) Regular self-examination of my attitude, use of time, and faithfulness to the basic disciplines of the Christian life, and (3) good friends who will encourage, motivate, and reprove me when I need it.