ONE WORD: CONSISTENT
ONE YEAR: WORK AT BEING CONSISTENT
ONE WAY: SEEK HELP
After FINALLY choosing my ONE WORD for 2016, I decided it would be CONSISTENT. Now, I realize that being consistent is something that in some ways, I have already accomplished. For example, I consistently AVOID EXERCISE. Yes, it’s true. REALLY!
I know that many people struggle with maintaining an exercise regime, but then there are others that DO exercise regularly. They are consistent in the commitment they have made. BUT HOW???
Perhaps they just know who they are?
What? Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God, and that you are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
At this point in my life, I am not nearly as active as I had been, well, in quite a while. How about you? Are you in a place where exercise has become merely part of your wish list, or have you resigned yourself to the idea that exercise is not simply a SHOULD, but instead, a MUST?
Why do we consistently put off things that are good for us and in turn good for others? Why is it SO HARD????
Is it really SO HARD???
Perhaps a better question to ask is
-WHY DO WE MAKE IT SO HARD?
-WHY DO WE AVOID THE REALLY GOOD THINGS???
-WHY DO WE CONSISTENTLY MAKE CHOICES TO BE INCONSISTENT?
“No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, and He will not permit you to be tempted above what you can endure, but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Cor. 10:13).
Is that it? Temptation? But how does this relate to EXERCISE??? Where is the temptation to avoid exercise??? Perhaps this scripture will shed some light:
“Now no discipline seems to be joyful at the time, but grievous. Yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness in those who have been trained by it. Therefore lift up your tired hands, and strengthen your weak knees” (Heb. 12:11-12).
Are you and I tempted to avoid discipline because it is GRIEVOUS??? Are you and I simply tired and weak?
I would answer, “YES!!!”. Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!! I would say, “I can’t do this. I can’t do this alone. AND I WOULD SAY:
“I can do all things because of Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).
“So, therefore, I run, not with uncertainty. So I fight, not as one who beats the air. But I bring and keep my body under subjection, lest when preaching to others I myself should be disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:26-27).
“but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint” (Is. 40:31).
This blog is about LIFE. LIFE. LIFE. God has given us HIS WORD. GOD HAS GIVEN US HIS SON (John 3:16). Every good and perfect gift is from heaven. James 1:17
May my heart and yours seek the goodness of our FATHER. May we seek His rest and provision and push past our grievous hearts when it comes to consistently exercising. May we understand that we are not our own. Father, we ask for all of this in the name of Your Son JESUS!!