“Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:3-5
We’ve all been there… Maybe you took time off from training or started a new exercise when you began to feel the aches and pains from using those muscles that had begun to atrophy or were never used. Either way, it’s when we start something new that really makes us aware of our bodies and forces us to listen, regardless of how much Motrin or pure determination we have.
The good news is that these are times when we know and feel that we have accomplished something. The discomfort (assuming we don’t overdo it and get injured) should be embraced and searched for, knowing that we have pushed ourselves and are growing stronger. It’s great if you can run X number of miles every day. Unfortunately, if it’s done at the same pace and on the same route, chances are you will or have become stagnant. Therefore, make sure you continually look for new challenges or changes to your routine. Look at different exercises, running at a new pace, or something you haven’t tried before!
“A Christian never falls asleep in the fire or in the water but grows drowsy in the Sunshine” – John Berridge
I love this quote from an 18th century preacher which has a similar message about our faith. Often we are so quick to look to the Lord when life challenges us and we feel discomfort or when something as wonderful as the birth of a child blesses our lives. Unfortunately, many of us forget that we should be thankful and pray daily. Most of us experience the occasional fires and floods in our lives but it is while we are caught up in the routine of “life” that we can lose sight of what living is truly about.
As you continue to move throughout the year, I encourage you to look for changes or ways that challenge your body, your mind, and strengthen your spirit, in such a way that you are stronger and are better prepared to receive the gifts that awaits us all.