When I came back from the hospital I knew there would be some setbacks, but I didn’t want to get discouraged, so I sort of swept that thought under the rug. This doesn’t always (or often) work, but it did this time, likely because I was thinking about setbacks and patience before I had my stay in the hospital. I was already prepared to be patient and tackle things a little differently.
I have setbacks all the time. It can be very frustrating and discouraging to not be consistent and continuous with my physical fitness. I’d like to build a bit of strength and stamina. It’s also great for mental health. So it’s a goal that I keep working towards.
Since I’ve healed enough from my surgery to get back at it again, It’s felt as though I’ve started from the bottom of my mountain, but maybe it’s more like I’ve climbed down a few feet to find a better route up. (Hmm, now where did that metaphor come from?) 😆 I have other mountains to tackle, too, but continuing to move forward physically, as well as, spiritually is important to me. So this was on my mind as I went for my walk on Thursday.
I’m not impossible, but I am very stubborn. I can keep doing the same thing over and over thinking I will conquer this if I just keep going. That’s not a bad attitude, but doing it the same way, or looking at it the same way and expecting a different result can be a bit insane. Well, that’s what they say. I prefer stubborn and determined.
I’ve been looking at things all wrong. I’ve been seeing everything as a problem.
What if I looked at things with purpose? It’s right there in my blog title! That’s the crazy bit. It can be right under our noses, but we can miss it entirely. How does that happen? I thought I was fairly observant.
When I experienced a setback before my hospital stay my thoughts were on starting over and the frustration and discouragement that accompanies that loss of progress. I knew I needed a new attitude. That’s when the Holy Spirit reminded me that as followers of Christ we start over every single day. Paul the Apostle said, I die daily. Everyday requires a fresh attitude of submission to God. We die to self, becoming Christ centered instead of self-centred. I want physical strength, but what I need even more is spiritual strength.
The things that we view as problems are building that strength: perseverance, endurance, patience, praise, trust, faith, obedience, and I’m sure the list goes on. Life’s trials and hurdles are the very things that make us stronger, wiser, braver etc. It doesn’t always look this way, but that’s likely because we tend to view things in the wrong light.
I have more thoughts to process with the Holy Spirit’s help, but looking at things with purpose, as opposed to an endless climb, is a good start. There is purpose in the process. The Lord isn’t asleep on the job, but we can nod off. Zzzzzz.
Where Does Our Help Come From?
I look up to the hills, but where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let you be defeated. He who guards you never sleeps. He who guards Israel never rests or sleeps.Psalm 121:1-4 (NCV)
Waking Up… (Illuminated to become a light.)
“But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”Ephesians 5:13-14
“St. Paul here explains still more clearly what he means by illumination. It implies the catching the light and reflecting it, so as to become a new source of light.”Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers
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