“Just eight more to go! And seven, six, five . . .”
Her impossibly perky voice encourages us on as we grunt and sweat and try to survive just four, three, two more reps.
At my healthiest, I was at the gym or on the running trails daily with a good dose of yoga, hiking and just playing around mixed in.
And then, three kids under the age of three showed up at our house (yay for adoption!) and life became a blur of diapers, sleepless nights, comfort food and naps.
Six months into the barely-getting-by survival mode that comes with having very small children, I knew I HAD to do something. I dusted off the gym membership card and started showing up. I confess at the beginning I often dropped the kids off at the child care and simply took a shower and worked on my computer for a bit, never touching a piece of equipment. Not exactly a workout to brag about, but it was what my soul needed at the time.
Then, walking on the treadmill or elliptical machine . . . good gracious, I was just so tired. Next, yoga and a switch from burgers and beer to clean protein, salads and soda water. Finally, the kiddos started sleeping through the night and a new supplement kicked up my energy levels a bit and it was time to hit Boot Camp class again.
So here I am, getting leaner and stronger by the day, feeling more like “myself” with each step, with each rep.
Suddenly, a check in my heart. Am I doing the heavy-lifting spiritually or am I just showing up and slogging through a boring exercise? Am I seeking new and exciting ways to engage with the God of the universe or am I just going through the same old familiar motions? Am I too tired, too busy, too stressed to dive into the Word, to meditate and seek time alone with Him?
God did this (created mankind) so that they (we) would seek him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us. ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’
Acts 17:27 – 28a
It’s time to start walking again, time to dust off the tools that have been sitting, waiting. Even better, it is time to do some heavy lifting . . . to get out of my comfort zone and see how strong I can be with the best Instructor and Encourager of all time as my guide.
Stronger in Him,