2:00 AM: God would you help me lose weight? Supply me the energy to wake up in the mornings, wisdom to eat healthy and persistence to stay on the path.
6:00 AM: Alarm Rings
6:30 AM: Alarm Rings
7:00 AM: Alarm Rings
7:30 AM: Alarm Rings
8:00 AM: Gezz… It is 8:00 A.M guess I missed that morning workout.
9:04 AM: (I walk out of my room dressed for work. I browse back at my bed with defeat) Why was I unable to wrestle myself up when my first alarm rang? I look up and smile, “God I guess I have to do this on my own because You surely didn’t wake me up with energy this morning.”
7:34 PM: I’m beat. I have a personal training session at 8:30 P.M. I want to cancel. I’m starving. I have to eat quickly. Let’s see what I have in here -breadsticks. I’ll just eat a couple of these and grab some fast food after this wretched training session.
8:34 PM: Where is he? (Glances at schedule) UGH! My appointment isn’t until Wednesday. I should just walk out but I’m sure people will judge me for a 4 minute “work out”.
I totally don’t feel like working out!
Was like a mile in itself walking to that machine.
I don’t want to work out.
The Beginning: Once I got on the treadmill and stopped being a brat I realized this is what I asked for. I heard, “You can do this, Dene” At that moment, I felt compelled to run a 5K – something I use to do daily but now haven’t done in years.
The Promise: “I took you from the ends of the earth; from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41: 9-10)
The Zealous Start: I heard a few things while running, “With Me, there’s nothing in this world you can’t overcome” and “You will.”
The Rocky Mountain: By mile 2, I wanted to stop. It was getting harder to breath and the people who started by my side were no longer there. Why when God tells us what we are capable of, He tells us the promise, He even gets us where He we want to be but at mile 2 when the kitchen is hot, when your lungs get heavy, when the people around you fade – we want to give in
The competition: Still in mile 2, this seems to be the longest. There are a lot of treadmills open but a Mixed Martial Arts fighter comes to run next to me. Warm-up: 2 minutes at 8.2 incline 4.5. “Focus, just because someone is next to you doesn’t mean they are in your lane. Use that as motivation. Some people don’t know what they can do because they’ve never seen it done. You now know it is possible.”
3.2: You finished this leg but you are far from over. Share your now. Share your before. Don’t hide behind your after but share your meek start. Share your struggle. Why do people only want to share their accomplishments when it’s done? The entire Bible is written about people in progress. It’s so hard for people to be motivated by those who never want to share the process.
To Be Continued…
I can’t thank You enough for Your guidance. Thank You for elevating my thoughts. Thank You for the promise and for getting me where I want to be. God I pray for wisdom, patience and persistence. Daddy, I know that with You, wisdom, patience and persistence there is nothing we can’t accomplish. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to allow your mind to wander. It’s not about working out. It’s about sharing with people that you are with them and that they aren’t alone. I mentally wrote this while on the treadmill listening to Watch The Throne* – no better reminder than to always keep my eyes on His throne because He has so much wisdom to share with you.
You may not be where you want to be; but, there’s a story in your “now.” Share with us.
Ms. Dené B. is a student of life who enjoys human studies and social media. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago where the motto is “Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives,” She took her education and school spirit to heart and now is a young adult striving to live an extraordinary life while helping others achieve the same. With a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Sociology and Visual Communication, Dené worked at a top PR firm but her greatest accomplishments resides in volunteer work with Autism Speaks and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Currently, she finds herself pursuing a vision God placed in her of starting her own business. One of her go to scriptures is, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV)