>> May 12, 2010
I’m gradually getting better about regular workouts. You know why they call it work-out, don’t you? Because its work…duh. (profound, I know) If it were fun it would be called play-out or goof-out. Well then again goof-out could refer to how I look when I “work-out”. I’m sure it is not pretty. Ugh.
Let me just say to all my “younger” friends…get thin now cuz when you get older it is hard work. I think I remember someone saying that to me once. I’ve been told before: “wisdom is learning from someone else’s mistakes”. Well…get wise youngin’.
So every morning I set my laptop on my ironing board and do a 2 mile Walk Away the Pounds DVD with Leslie Sansom. She is far too perky for me sometimes, but her routine is something this old body can handle. About half-way through, Leslie says something like “Do you feel your heart rate up? Are you breathing harder?” I wanna scream “Duh, Captain Obvious! I’m overweight and over-forty!” Ok I’m closer to fifty now than forty. *shudder*
Sometimes in the stress of life we can feel that perceived exertion. (yup, here comes my deep spiritual tidbit learned while I was sweating like a pig… which btw…pigs don’t sweat) I’m not talking about day-to-day stress like traffic or work. I mean situations thrown at you that hurl you into a tailspin…that send you sinking so deep you don’t know if you will ever surface for air.
There’s one cliché that has been thrown my way frequently in an effort to drag me from the bottom of the ocean and it is: God won’t give you anything more than you can handle. Well, sometimes in gut honest desperation I don’t think I’m strong enough to handle what God is giving me. And do I have to truly believe God is giving it?
No. I don’t think He is the one to blame for everything. The enemy is a slimy little creep and he has pawns that he moves about in his evil ploy to "kill, steal, and destroy" (John 10:10)…some may even call themselves “Christians.” I think he likes to use the sleeping, lazy Christian pawn the most because it causes such devastating division among the Church.
Lately, I will admit to feeling some perceived exertion and I'm not so sure I can blame it on God. My reaction to it all will show forth my character and I’m here to tell you I refuse to let the enemy destroy that.
Less is more and more is less. One righteous will outclass fifty wicked, for the wicked are moral weaklings but the righteous are GOD-strong. Psalm 37:16(The Message)
Today when I was working out with Leslie, I noticed that my perceived exertion occurred much later than usual. I’m getting stronger. Recently, when the enemy moved a pawn in a way that could have pushed me back to the bottom of the sea, I felt myself going under water, but my head bobbed right back above surface. I am stronger than I think because I know that I am God-strong and I will rest in that fact.