There's a little old man at my gym every morning around the same time. He must be 80. Towel thrown over his shoulder and socks pulled up to his shins, he makes his way past the various machines, welcoming morning regulars as we arrive.
More than just a building for exercise, this gym is a gathering place for people who refuse to be victims.
The woman who promised her son she'd become fit enough to run the 5k with him? No victim there. The elderly man who's determined to mow his own lawn? Nope, not a victim. The young girl who joins her mom in class every Friday morning? Overcomer in training.
I meet God at the gym more days than not. I look around and see His power running rampant. I marvel at the ability of people who've strengthened in Him over time, and then rely on God even more as they push toward a goal. I find Him every time I request that my body finish one more repetition.
I feel Him the second I don't want to move and then He supplies the boost to do it.
The end of our own strength...it's a humbling and beautiful place. Training and perseverance sets us up for reliance on Him. It prepares us to tolerate the labor of all the beautiful things He's called us to here in this life.
Carry On Overcomers!
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Romans 8:37)
"...Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers." (1 Timothy 4:8, Msg.)
"...Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. I hope the test won’t show that we have failed.
But if it comes to that, we’d rather the test showed our failure than yours. We’re rooting for the truth to win out in you. We couldn’t possibly do otherwise.
We don’t just put up with our limitations; we celebrate them, and then go on to celebrate every strength, every triumph of the truth in you. We pray hard that it will all come together in your lives." (2 Corinthians 13:4, Msg.)
M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Earns Crossfit participation trophies. Disaster cook. Enthusiastic wife. #Boymom. Clutches her faith, not her pearls.