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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Make a Muscle

Apr. 14, 2013

Where would a superhero be without muscles? For that matter, where would anyone be without this important body tissue? Whether you’re a small kid or a burly body builder, you wouldn’t get far without your muscles.

There are more than 600 muscles in the human body. Everything you do — from licking an ice cream cone to jumping rope — requires muscles. Just taking a step uses about 200 muscles. Making a face uses around 30 muscles.

There are three different kinds of muscles in your body. Cardiac muscle moves your heart, allowing it to beat and pump blood.

Smooth muscles help other internal organs do their jobs. For instance, smooth muscles push food through your digestive system. These muscles are called involuntary because they work even when you’re not thinking about them. If you fall asleep, your heart keeps right on beating, and your supper keeps on digesting and providing your body with energy.

Skeletal muscles are voluntary muscles. You use them when you choose to move. You decide when you want to walk, run, jump, or sit down and drink some water. Each of these activities sets a bunch of muscles in motion.

You don’t have to lift weights to get muscles. In fact, weightlifting isn’t good for kids. Believe it or not, you already have a lot of muscles. Your skeletal muscles make up about half your body’s mass.

Even your tongue is muscular. Stick it out and wiggle it around. All that movement wouldn’t be possible without muscles.

You can keep your muscles healthy and strong by eating a good diet and getting plenty of exercise. Go outside and run around. Walk your dog. Ride your bike. Throw a ball. Just about anything that gets you moving can make your muscles stronger.

Of course, you don’t have to be big and muscular to be a hero. A woman named Deborah once led the Israelite army into battle. The Bible doesn’t describe Deborah as physically big or muscular. But her faith in God was strong. In the end, Deborah and all God’s people won the victory (see Judges 4:1-14).

“Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10, NIV).

Deborah didn’t need bulging muscles to become a Bible hero. She understood that the most important kind of strength is found in trusting and obeying God. Ask Jesus to grow your faith muscles and make you strong on the inside.

By Christina Quick


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