I have been consistently working out for about three years now. Every day of the week. Same coach. I wanted to get and stay healthy so I could continue to do what God called me to do.
I can honestly say that three years of consistently working out has yielded quite a positive results for me in my physical and mental health. It’s been really good for me.
My gym mixes it up! I never know what music will be playing, and what crazy exercises we will be doing! It never gets boring or monotonous! Never a dull moment! I like the challenge of something new to develop and learn! It’s actually fun!
Here’s the thing I have learned:
Right Form Yields Better Results
My coach watches to make sure that my form is good. He wants to ensure that every movement is done correctly so that consistency is not wasted. I can be consistent and yet not see results if I am doing the moves incorrectly.
Now, I have to admit that there is a part of my flesh that doesn’t like to be told what do! Anybody else in the house agreeing with me on that one?!! And yet, the gym has taught me that if I am not told what to do correctly, I am wasting my time and not getting out of it what I want.
So, the gym has stretched me in the ability to be teachable. It is an attitude of the heart that we all need to develop. We need to set ourselves free from the captivity of feeling like we have to know it all, and do it all perfectly. Perfectionism is so paralyzing!
Paul said this, “I myself am convinced, my brothers and sisters, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with knowledge and competent to instruct one another.” Romans 15:14
Think about this: if there is no one who is teachable, who will instructors instruct?
What if we sent our students to school and college but they had the same unteachable attitude that we do about some areas in our lives?
I believe that we are often adverse to being teachable when it involves things that we think we should already know. Where we get that belief system, of what we are supposed to already know, can come from a plethora of places, but the devil sure takes advantage of it!
Here’s the thing I learned the hard way at the gym: my very first couple of weeks there, I was trying to do as much weight as seasoned and younger athletes, confident that I knew more than my coach. I ended up injuring my back and had to crawl on my hands and knees for about a week while my back healed. Talk about learning a lesson the hard way!!! (Can we say “stubborn”?!!!)
You see, being teachable avoids injury. Had I listened and followed instruction, instead of being a know-it-all, I wouldn’t have injured myself.
It is the same in the Christian life: be consistently in the Word. Consistently walking and talking with Jesus. Consistently seeking to stay aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit in you and working through you. That consistency will bring positive results for you.
Be teachable. Place yourself consistently in environments to grow in your faith and to go deeper in the Word so you can go deeper in intimacy with Jesus. Place yourself under a mentor who can be your Christian coach as you navigate life. One who will point you to the Word but also give you the grace and love as you fumble through! Jesus came in grace and truth. You need a healthy balance of both!!!
You want to avoid injury? Do you want to avoid doing your own self harm in your soul? Let go of your perfectionist mindset. Let go of your “know-it-all-ism”. Be teachable and be consistent. This will yield a transformation in your soul that will open you up to exponential growth, wholistic healing, and protection from the enemy’s subtle snares. A tangible, transformed spiritual strength like none other.
You are loved,