Two things dawned on me today. The first is that it’s actually a blessing that I work long days Monday through Friday. I have to battle with my desire to curl up in bed when I actually have time to exercise. This is a good thing. Why? Because the strength and flexibility I’m building up is not necessarily meant to be used when I’m rested and feeling spritely. I’m working to prepare for labor. I need endurance. The most difficult part of the labor comes towards the end when I’ll likely be exhausted. I can’t say what my labor will be like. Labor varies greatly. What I can say is that I’m prepared to exert myself physically even when I am mentally/physically tired. This is great for my positive thinking. I have a job I love, and I even found a reason to appreciate the full-time nature of my responsibilities.
Second ‘aha’ moment. This same concept applies to my spiritual walk with God. It is easy to read the Bible, go to church, pray at length, or do whatever it is you do to grow closer to God and stronger in your faith… when it is convenient. What are we building this spiritual strength for though? We need endurance in our spiritual journey. It’s a life-long path we’re walking. We can encourage each other along the way, but ultimately we make the effort individually (and with God’s grace) to finish our journey strong. The only way to build endurance is to keep pushing and working when we are tired.
This is coming from me in a Radical 7even blog posted 2 days later than I meant to post. Every Saturday I’ve committed to blogging something about where I am in my spiritual journey. My girls and I are doing this for seven years. It’s not only a great way to keep up with each other, but also a great way to keep up with my own progress. So this is honestly where I am this week. I’m posting about not procrastinating spiritually or physically in a belated blog!
Bottom line: Prepare whether you’re feeling it or not, and you will be ready when you most need to be.