I’m 2.5 months into a fitness and nutrition plan and it is going great! I needed some help to get the final bit of baby weight off and I’m well on my way.
I know I’ve shared on the air that I really don’t enjoy working out. Exercise is incredibly difficult for me. I’ve told my best friend that I’m not a mover, I’m a sitter. I love to sit. As a natural athlete, she of course thought this was hilarious. The whole process – changing your clothes, getting equipment or driving to the gym, being out of breath, getting sweaty, causing yourself pain – ya, I’m just not a fan. However, I know that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and God wants me to steward the body God has given me, so exercise is a way of life!
One of the hardest aspects of exercise for me is the soreness that comes through muscle tearing and rebuilding. This process can be so painful! Isn’t it interesting that our muscles get stronger when they are torn? And isn’t it interesting that this mirrors how trials in life strengthen us when endured in obedience to Christ?
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 says,
“That’s why we are not discouraged. No, even if outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are being renewed each and every day. This light, temporary nature of our suffering is producing for us an everlasting weight of glory, far beyond any comparison, because we do not look for things that can be seen but for things that cannot be seen. For things that can be seen are temporary, but things that cannot be seen are eternal.”
In the midst of a painful work out or recovery it is easy to remind ourselves that eventually the discomfort will pass and our bodies will be stronger on the other side. This outlook is more challenging when it comes to enduring trials in our lives, but the same principle applies!
Our earthly suffering is only temporary, and we know that there is glory on the other side!