Life affords us maturity and growth when we can harness an inner strength and fortitude. I am discovering, if I want to be successful, I have to take control of my life and move forward. Waiting on a dream, hoping it will find me is not a sound plan. I have to grab on to my desire by faith and move in that direction. There is a principle hidden in 1 Corinthians 15:46, “first natural then spiritual”. We gain spiritual wisdom from natural experiences. Our lives are giving us lessons to help us tap into purposeful living. +
When the student is ready the teacher emerges.
I am on this journey to get healthy and fit. My goal is to lose 10 pounds. After years of trying on my own to lose 10 pounds, I submitted to my failure and reached out to a nutritionist & fitness coach. I have been waking up at 4:30 am for almost a month to do weight and cardio training with my coach. Next week we start my nutrition program. As I grapple with wanting more sleep, more carbs, and fewer reps, I am beginning to see that I am the real issue; my mind needs to be strengthened. I need fortitude. Being honest with myself and acknowledging that I needed help was the first step. It was hard. Pride and ego were working against me. I had to accept the fact that my education which encompasses Masters degrees, ordinations, and certifications had no impact at all on my ability to get healthy. I needed a coach to guide me. I had to submit my will to someone qualified to help me reach my goal. Once I owned my truth, instantly the provision came. When I contacted my nutritionist she said that she had been praying for a sign to move into this arena. I was her sign. She knew this was a divinely opening door. When I was willing to ask, the teacher was already waiting with the answer. +
‘Let the weak say I am strong’ Joel 3:10
Living is about discovering who we really are, our purpose, why we exist. Our struggles give us great insights to help calibrate our location on the path. Maybe this is why the Christian scripture lesson in Joel 3:10 teaches us that strength is not always seen but it is hidden within. We find it through our faith. +
Remember, life is not trying to hurt us but rather to heal. Where there is sorrow, when we walk through it, we find comfort. Where there is pain, when we press through, we find healing. Where there is weakness, we will find through the experience, strength. But we must be gentle with ourselves. We must not fear the struggle. It is not to remind us of our brokenness. The pains we experience in life are like ‘street signs’, pointing us in the direction of our wholeness. I am on my way to healthiness. Where are you going? +