No pain no gain. True?
What do you think of the new shoes? Bold or just really loud? I prefer to call this colour flaming magenta. It’s time to light a hot pink fire under my feet. 💓
Whether we want to advance physically or spiritually, we have to gradually build up endurance. When you first begin anything physical, be it strength training, running, or even, heaven forbid, Yoga, it’s going to take a bit of suffering.
Sorry if you appreciate the trauma of Yoga. I’m only teasing. 🤣😂🤣 Good for you if you can strike a pose. I don’t do it myself, but I have recently started the torture of Pilates. I kind of love it.
Let’s discuss Jogging. The first time I really pushed it on my steps I burnt my throat. As I walked around the neighborhood afterwards I couldn’t stop coughing. I was sure all of my neighbors would think I had the Covid virus so I went back inside quickly that day.
This didn’t stop me from trying again. I can be a bit stubborn when I have a goal. But I’m not very patient and I don’t really enjoy suffering. If I could achieve my physical goals in less time and with ease I absolutely would choose the easy way. Most of us would.
However, suffering, a little, builds endurance. Therefore, patience is a requirement to advance both physically and spiritually.
“For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”Hebrews 12:11
I’ve yet to give up the good fight so I guess this means I’m enduring. At least I have some endurance. Nevertheless, I haven’t exactly been rejoicing in my suffering.
I AM going to show myself a little grace for many reasons: some of what I’ve experienced (depression and anxiety for example) have been a bit beyond mere feelings. This doesn’t mean that I can’t learn through the trials.
The first step is understanding. In this case it’s helpful to understand why spiritual endurance is so important. The answer is that endurance produces character, and character produces HOPE.
I really had to think about this one and search for a bit of insight. In my search, a verse that has plagued me came to my attention. The one about being tossed about like a wave. During the last year, especially, my hope has been like a wave. It’s been so up and down so many times that it’s been a very painful experience. I’ve never been through a season quite like this one before.
The fact that our hope can be so up and down alerts us that we still have some character building to go. Unfortunately, this means a little pain before we see those results. The good news is that as we tuck in tight to Jesus we WILL see those gains. As we do, we help others to become strong as well.
“You have become weak, so make yourselves strong again. Keep on the right path, so the weak will not stumble but rather be strengthened.”Hebrews 12:12
“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”Romans 5:3-5