Quote of the Day: Strength is not FEELING strong, it’s STAYING the course when you feel weak.
Scripture of the Day: Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalms 27:14
Today’s quote and scripture is too rich to only discuss today. There is so much more to this than what we see or think about at first glance, so today we are just going to focus on the first part of this verse “wait” and “be strong”.
Waiting is something most of us are not very good at. We live in a fast-food, instant gratification world. We want to buy something and get it in our hands instantly. Whether it’s food or a service, we do not want to wait.
However, with fitness (like many other things in life), waiting is a very necessary part of the process – and it’s required for success. Of course the scripture is talking about waiting on God, whether it’s His direction or His answered prayer, being a good “waiter” takes practice. And, it’s not just about waiting, but what we are doing and how we act while we wait.
We are to wait, however, waiting doesn’t mean sitting on your tail and doing nothing. We must work while we wait. This means waiting requires endurance – even when we feel too tired or weak to continue. This is when we put our patience to the real test. This is also when we really find out had bad we really want something. Our faith is tested, our drive is challenged and the depth of our desire is exposed. This is when we really find out what we are made of.
3. Be Strong
The next part of that verse is almost funny. It first says to wait, then it says to be strong. When people are waiting on things to get better, for weight to fall off, to improve your running pace, to get a revelation from God or for answered prayer, the last thing we feel is strong. We normally feel worn down, tired and ready for a break. We are tempted to get on a pity party.
Ironically, iIt’s during the waiting we get stronger. Strength really isn’t being strong or feeling strong, but we are strengthened when we continue to stay the course even on our weakest day. The only way you can do this is to keep your eye on the goal, the prize, the reason you are doing this, the reason you started.
Decide today to stay strong even when you feel weak.