As I dragged my left limb out of the car tonight, Bruce looked at me and said, “No pain; no gain.”
I wanted to punch him.
Monday, I decided to start working out again, and now I can barely walk.
Being healthy is painful. In my flesh, I’d rather be trolling Facebook while I am gorging on Hershey’s kisses.
Quitting is not an option, though. It’s not an option because I keep hearing Lysa Terkeurst in my head:
The decisions you make today matter. Every decision points your life in the direction you are about to travel. No decision is an isolated choice.
~The Best Yes, p. 64
I am determined to choose wisely. I want my direction to please Him in every way.
Like the Apostle Paul, I want to pursue Christ with every fiber of my being.
To live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Yeah, that is a hard word. Do I want to know Christ? Then, I must die daily. I must press in to the pain.
Tonight, as I read Paul’s letter to Timothy, I heard the wise warrior Apostle saying to his protegé:
Never forget you are in a battle, soldier.
Here’s our marching orders:
- Stand strong in grace: When you are weak, your God is infinitely strong. His grace is sufficient to meet your every need.
- Dig in with determination: Stay in the trenches. Persevere. Endure hardship.
- Fix your eyes on Jesus: Remember you are on the winning team. God’s Word is never chained.
Tomorrow is a new day, and I’m going to put my big girl pants back on and choose wisely.
I choose Jesus. I want my all to bring him glory no matter what the cost.
No gain without pain.
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