Hello dear Friend,
About a week ago, I found this short little ten minute workout by this woman that incorporates dance in it. I thought that is right up my alley: I love to dance, I need to work out and stop sitting around, it’s short, and free! Yay! I am not ashamed, why pay for a gym membership I will hardly be able to use when I can stand in the comfort of my own home with my boys right? Makes sense! So I was excited..this might sound silly but I have really been taking the “keep God in everything” seriously, so I prayed God would help me find a way to exercise and maintain a healthy body so I will have energy and just feel better…and He did it! The little things do matter no matter how silly they sound to pray about.
Anyways…I started a few days later and as I finished the first 10 minute workout, I thought that wasn’t bad, I’m not feeling very much strain so I am just going to keep going. I continued to do like 6, 10 minute workouts and decided that was good for the day but still not feeling much. Well…little did I know the next day I would barely be able to move an inch without wincing in pain. Every muscle felt like if I turned, reached, or bent to far they would all be stretched and maybe even rip. I am a sucker for pain. I didn’t want to move, walk, or stand all day long, but I still had 2 toddler boys needing me to do things like change them, feed them, play with them, you know just a few little things but important. So I had to fight through the pain because the reason was bigger than my pain I felt.
I say all this to say…sometimes in life, we will be strained, stressed, hurting, tired, and feel like doing the easy thing to lay down and not move. So like my muscles screaming at me to give in and STOP! I knew there was something bigger than myself relying on me to keep moving. It is always our choice to give in or press on. The question that’s important is who are you affecting, hindering and/or helping depending on your choice? Everything comes with a repercussion or consequence whether good or bad, whether immediate or delayed. The easy way in the beginning always becomes harder, the hard way in the beginning becomes easier once past the initial hump of pain. We will continue to experience pain here and there as we grow and overcome new strengths and weaknesses, but it becomes easier to take in stride because we have conditioned ourselves. Just as we do when we work our bodies, our endurance becomes easier and farther in some areas. What we have to be careful of is that when we hit that mark where we have achieved some new marks that we continue to push ourselves to new heights. There is always room for growth.
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Luke 16:10
People who work out religiously or body builders are always pushing their body further and not stopping at benching 400 but keep going to 500, 600 and hurts me to think further than that and you get the point.
To have the endurance and tough skin needed to not give in when your entire being is screaming STOP, you can’t, you won’t, it’s not worth it!
You scream back GO, I can, I will, and it is worth it!
Knowing God is first or knowing Him better and then keeping Him first in everything. I hope you choose to press on when it feels the most painful and even when it feels easy and never falling prey to thinking you have arrived until the day you see Jesus.
REMEMBER: Growing pains are natural, treat them as such. Your reason has to remain bigger than the pain.
CAUTION: Keep out of reach of those looking for a free ride, the easy road, and want no pain.
(In a low monotone voice)
SIDE EFFECTS: Endurance, strength, belief, trust, fulfillment, joy, peace, success, victory.
Please consult God before moving forward and receiving this journey.
I love y’all…I hope you keep God as your strength always and I hope that through the growth pains and victories you will share with me your times of encouragement and celebration!