Get physically fit enough to run your race!
1. Set goals. That is the secret to achieving great things.
2. Have a clear purpose for setting your goals.
3. Surround yourselves with others who will inspire and challenge you to never give up.
Those are three great tips to transforming both your physical and mental strength.
If you are in the peak of your physical fitness and are able to achieve everything you need from your body, then feel free to stop reading here. But if you are like me, then spend some time now reflecting on what the Bible has to say about physical strength.
We read in Luke 2:52 that Jesus, who was human like us, developed in four key areas; just like us. “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and others.” Just like Jesus, our physical development happens in line with our learning and our relationships. But how can we make this an area of strength?
Jesus was strong. We know this because of the torture he faced on the way to the cross. Only after the torture and beating, at the point he was made to carry his cross, did he faulter. Even then, when on the cross, he maintained his life long enough to welcome the thief on his side into eternity. Jesus was strong enough to fulfil his purpose.
Setting fitness goals is a great step, but finding your purpose is even better. When my daughter was young, I lifted her up to her bed at night. She had one of those beds that you could have a desk and drawers underneath, so lifting her up required a decent level of strength and coordination. My desire was to be able to do this for her, until she no longer needed or wanted my help.
Are you limited by your physical strength? Is there a small step you could take this week to improve?
Have you found your purpose in life? As well as considering your physical strength, carve some time out of your week to ask yourself what you value, and what you add value to.
May our prayer this week be the words found in Hebrews 12:1,
Dear God, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”