Have you ever tried taking a shortcut for something? I know I have. In high school we'd get Cliff Notes to avoid reading the entire book in English class. The other day I tried taking a shortcut to the store. Turned out a road was closed so it ended up taking me longer. The desired outcome is clear but the effort to get there requires a lot of hard work, time and effort. That makes the detour for a shortcut seem like the best option to take.
"The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful." Matthew 13:2. This passage can relate to scenarios I see far too often in the health and fitness world.
There are days when you feel as if you're fighting a battle. You've got things coming at you from every direction...
Careers / business
Keeping yourself sane and healthy can feel like the biggest battle of all.
It can be easy to fall into "victim" mode and entertain the feelings of helplessness and just general 'beat down."
Romans 8:37 says differently.
"But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us"
According to this passage we can be victors rather than victims. But we have to flip the switch.
One of the ways I have found to flip the…
1 Corinthians 9:27 says "I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified." When I read this I think of a teaching I listened to from one of my favorite pastors.
"Don't complain about what you allow" is a saying I live by. I've been reading this great book by former Navy Seal Jocko Willink. It's called "Discipline Equals Freedom." In it, there are several passages based on the mindset of a Navy Seal.
Have you ever heard of the story of the frog in boiling water?
If you put a frog in a pot of boiling water it will instantly leap out. But if you put it in a pot filled with pleasantly tepid water and gradually heat it, the frog will remain in the water until it boils to death.
Crazy, I know. But to be honest, I've seen humans play out this scenario time and time again.
For example, there's a convenience store near my gym.
I've become familiar with the staff there since I go there quite frequently.
I've noticed a girl who works there…
Matthew 7:14: "For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it."
This past weekend I was blessed to attend a women's conference at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. I love these types of events! Not only do I get to spend time with my sister and friends but I get to be filled up with worship music, inspirational speakers, humor and motivation! You can't help but feel good when you are there!
When my nieces and nephews were younger I had the ultimate privilege of hanging out with them on many occasions. Sometimes just because and other times when care was needed. Even though I wasn't their mama, they took notice to the things I did.
The first step to achieving massive success in any area of your life is COMMITMENT. Not just part of the way but ALL of the way. The definition of COMMIT is to devote yourself completely. Whether it be family, work or a specific goal such as fitness.