Just two more.
You can do it!”
The words, foreign and alien-like in familiarity, rushed into my thoughts. Sitting at the YMCA’s rather tall and somewhat intimidating rear deltoid and chest fly machine, I had been a no-show for exercise for some time. A recent nudge by the Lord gathered my attention and was beginning to change that “no show” status. He had impressed, through His Word and a book called Made to Crave, that it was time to take care of my body concerning exercise and food. He seemed to be prodding that there was a connection between the two and my stalled spiritual growth.
Could it be?
Had my spiritual growth stagnated simply because I was having trouble with self-control in the food and exercise arenas? Could it be that my self-control was tied into trusting the Lord?
So there I sat, clad in black Danskin shorts and weathered, purple tennis shoes. My tee shirt was a bit large, but I like them that way, and my hair was pulled back in a messy effort of a pony tail. Glamor was not the intent, merely showing up was. Going through the motions, wondering if I would fail to meet the qualified number once again, and squeaking out the thoughts and sounds of Phew! Eight. phew! Nine… was commonplace.
But this time an inner coach suddenly began chanting its encouragement.
I could do it.
Really? Was that me? Where did THAT come from?
C’mon girl. You can do it!
Like a giant surprise birthday party, the celebration of words caught me off guard. In the past, that other, more familiar voice of defeat would chant to a different beat.
Kristi, you can’t do it.
I can’t finish.
I can’t do this.
WHY is this so hard?
I’ll never get it right.
This defeating banter became a coach in life.
As a student, the voice was there.
As an athlete.
As a mother.
As a writer and speaker.
As a Christian.
…and even in success.
The “coach” was readily available for training in a grueling fashion.
Oh, sweet gal, so many of us listen to these voices. They put us down, tear us up, and spit us out.
Can I shout it from the mountaintop? These words that are easily shaped and formed in our thoughts are all…
They can hold us back from God’s full potential.
When the chant turns to the truth of God, though, the yoke becomes easy and burden is light.
He says, “Come to me.”
When the voice is God, we are free.
Those whom the Son sets free are free indeed.
(John 8:36 & Matthew 11:30)
That day at the YMCA, on the bench of that grueling, slave master of a machine, life changed. The words of “C’mon girl. Just two more, You can do it,” were breathed. Soon after, the words were heard often as I exercised two, sometimes three, and every once in a while four more repetitions successfully. Compel Training, a Christian writers online training group, became my new home to better master writing and speaking. Meanwhile, the Word began dancing to life in new ways, and God granted vision into the past time that I had often viewed with frustration.
The words of life’s true coach, the Holy Spirit, were gathering speed and were impressing more clearly my true identity in Christ. That day was the end of the “I can’t do it,” voice.
I can’t mother.
I can’t write.
I can’t speak correctly.
I can’t hear God.
I can’t love Him in the right way.
It was the beginning of the “I can do all things through Christ,” voice.
Girlfriend, is He your voice? Is Jesus Christ your freedom, your identity? Do your thoughts, words, and actions echo that you can do all things through Christ? If not, may I encourage you to press in closely to hear His words? Pray for His revelation, wisdom, and understanding. Sit in His presence and capture the whispers of truth that pour forth.
That truth is life-giving.
It is easy.
It is light.
His truth is freedom.
It is all you’ve been looking for…all these years.
There’s a wonderful song by Matthew West that fits perfectly with life’s workouts. It chants God’s truth, and you can hear it here. It’s a wonderful prayer and ending to our time together today. Soak it (Him) in, my friend.
C’mon girl! Just two more. You CAN do it!
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