Theologian, Thomas Barclay, wrote, “Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.” Beginning the other day on a “fitness journey,” I realized the hardest thing will be the endurance – the fits and starts that are imminent. Realizing that patterns of behavior are changing. There are little things that haven’t been thought of before. A cocktail, a burrito, a potato chip, a soda (pop elsewhere) are not in my vocabulary of portion control or whatever it will be called. Endurance is key here – sticking with it. A number of new year’s resolutions have risen and quickly fallen by the way-side but I’m out there. I’m public on this one – what was I thinking. Clean water is at stake too. A village having clean water because I make a small sacrifice is at stake. Coaching myself is by far the most challenging thing that I have done. For me it has been easier to think of others and not myself. Don’t get me wrong, we are all selfish in some ways but to concentrate on behaviors that benefit ME has not been something I have ever really done long term.
Hebrews 12:1 says, “…let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Run, lift, eat, be encouraged, motivated, and coached all become a part of transformation. This is as much a spiritual journey as anything. I realize that I can’t do it with my own “will-power.” I need strength that comes from a higher power. The Creator of power and endurance is the source for me – for anyone – no matter what we are enduring. Spirituality is not a weekend warrior kind of exercise. It is not meant just for a sabbath or for a denomination it is a daily relationship. It becomes a way of life – of wellness – it is wholistic. As the sun comes up again and a new day arrives all things seem possible. Be blessed – endure,