One thing I will never tell you is that getting fit and losing weight is easy. It’s not. It’s not easy at all. Is it doable? Yes. Is it worth it? Yes. Is it even easy some days? Yes. But overall, staying disciplined is never easy.
We all can do something hard for an hour, a day or even a week, but to do it day after day for a long period of time – THAT is what is challenging. And, when life gets hard, that’s when we begin to feel sorry for ourselves. I believe that is why it is SO important for fitness professionals to practice what they preach. To experience intense training and strict dieting at times – so we can relate to others.
That is also why I believe God sent us Jesus, to walk the earth with us so we could see God at work in a man’s life consistently in the midst of trials, hunger, poverty, homelessness, pain and even unto death. To have our own role model to follow.
“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
While we may not understand His ability to heal the sick, or to resist temptations we fall into so easily, we can ALL relate to fear of pain and death. His death allows us to fully understand His love for us. So, the same way we should think of people who may have it worse (they work harder, have more kids, have less time or have a physical limitation) but still press on toward their fitness goals, we should remember the cross when life gets hard, and realize nothing compares to what He’s done for us. We can do so much more, endure so much more, and keep pressing on in light of the cross.
“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12
God never said serving Him would be easy. Scripture never says living right is simple. It’s complicated. It’s difficult – and perfection is impossible, but we are suppose to try – to do our best. And trying to do our best is so worth it …and so is He. He’s worth it.
“Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart; consider what great things he has done for you.” 1 Samuel 12:24
As we approach Easter, take extra time this week to truly consider what amazing things he has done for you.