Crossfit is all barbells, sweat, muscles, and toughness. But, leave it to me to cry at Crossfit. I have been on a long journey to get fit after a couple of kids, and it was going to take some time. One month in, I felt that I wasn’t seeing enough progress. I was discouraged. I wanted results, and I wanted them now! Could this be immediate gratification rearing its ugly head?
So as I walked in for another day of throwing around weights, jumping on boxes, and standing on my head; I broke down and cried when my coach simply asked me how I was doing today. After a minor breakdown in front of some of the physically fit people I know, her advice to me was simple, ” It is a journey, it took a while to get here, it will take a while to get out, period.”
The following week, I made some huge gains, did some things I could not do before, and saw that I was, in fact, stronger. Was I ready to put on a bikini and strut down to the beach, heck no! But, I could feel the progress, it was tangible, and I could see it. My coach again reminded me to focus on those gains and the rest will come.
After an awesome workout, now that my perspective was shifted; I went home and related this to my spiritual life. It can be overwhelming when we have areas in our life that need growth. Those areas that we have worked on for thirty days and want complete deliverance, healing, or conquering. But, it doesn’t come. I encourage you friends in these times to focus on the small gains. Focus your attention on the places you are stronger. Let your heart feel those tangible gains. Celebrate them, honor them, and fight with our spiritual weapons for more.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of Truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of Faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God.”
Flex and use those spiritual muscles and grow them! Focus on the way you are getting stronger. Focus on the fact that you can now do things you could not do before. Be strong, but remember the source of your strength.
“The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”