I put ON a few pounds over the holidays. It was fun putting them on, but taking them OFF is not so fun!! I laughed at a comment I read where someone said they didn't want to lose weight, because they had no intention of finding it again! Those extra pounds are no good for us!
Similarly, scripture tells us to "put off the old self...to be made new in the activity of your minds, and to put on the new self, created to be like God..." (Ephesians 4:22-24 NIV) A further look shows that God gives us 'trade-ins!' In the place of bitterness, He gives us a tender heart; instead of jealousy, He equips us with trust; rather than hypocrisy, He gives us sincerity. And, that's just the tip of the iceberg! God's gifts are immeasurable, the new never wears off, and He gives them freely--not just on special occasions! Best of all-- the Grand Prize -- God's greatest gift of all -- is the gift of eternal life:
"...the gift of God is eternal life in[ Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23 NIV)
Now THAT'S something I can rejoice about.....EVEN on the treadmill!