“Lift weights,” he said. “Carry your bag when you go golfing.” But I can assure you that that isn’t going to happen. I enjoy the game too much to make it into a gym exercise. I am content to push my bag around on my push cart, which provides some exercise. However, in order to follow directions and strengthen my bones, I did the next best thing. I joined Planet Fitness where there is no “gymtimidation.” (Disclaimer: That isn't me in the picture and never was! Not even close!)
Now here’s the rub. I have to go there and do it. In theory, I want to have strong bones. In practice, I find excuses not to follow through. Excuses like … I have important things to do first … or … it’s now too late in the day … or my favorite … It’s cold. (Even though the gym isn’t.)
However, when I do drag myself there, I am pleased I did. The workout is not exhaustive, but I feel stronger.
This need to build up my bone strength got me thinking about the lack of strength in other areas of my life. Maybe you are like me and need to get stronger in discipline or kindness. So my goal for 2019 is to get stronger. Strength to be more disciplined. To be kinder and compassionate. Strength to become involved. To be more honest and pure. All good in theory. All a bit more difficult in practice.
But I am learning that if I am to be successful, I must rely on God to give me strength. Relying on my own strength, I cave in and carve out excuses.
So my two verses for this year are “I can do all things through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13) and “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29).
May you rely on God’s strength as well as you face the difficult areas in your life this year.