Hello, friends! I am so happy that you guys are willing to come on board with me to become strengthened in Christ through our physical and spiritual struggles, strength and love in comparison with our fitness journey. Last week began the series of the three topics: suffering, strength and love. Suffering. Ugh, it’s terrible! No one likes the pain, but we know that we can be strengthened in Christ through it.
Strength. Hey, that sure is a lot more positive than the struggle bus we talked about last week. Strength can bring happiness to us in the way that when we get stronger, whether it be spiritually through Christ or physically through exercise, we are normally seeing success and progress. Let’s take a look at some scripture to start the day off. Turn to the book of Colossians and read chapter 1 verse 11. Read this a few times and then I will meet you back here to break it down and see how this applies to our lives!
At the beginning of this verse, Paul says we are strengthened with all power according to HIS glorious might, not by our own. By His glorious might. This grabbed my attention in so many ways. Not only does it make me smile from ear to ear knowing that my God, the most powerful being to ever be, would share His power with me. I am equipped with that. Now, guys, if that doesn’t make you one happy camper, I am not sure what will! The second part of this verse is really where we see the spiritual strength shine into the topic of success with our physical feelings and abilities. “For the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously.” So, by now in this short story, we have the power of Jesus Christ alive in us. What do I do with this stuff? It for sure is not given to us just to be taken lightly. We must tell everyone we know about this love and joy that we have and allow others to have it as well, for it is through this power that we find our patience and joy. Here is where the fitness comes in for me. I just love it so much I could not resist bringing it into the picture. Sorry, not sorry. 😉 We have this spiritual strength God has equipped us with through our suffering in life and we also have a physical strength through suffering of our bodies. At the end, it is clear that we have stuck to something that impacts us like nothing before and we are able to see the patience and joy in our life that we just cannot contain. Take a look a double unders, for instance! This is a skill that most of us have such a hard time conquering, but we see in the end how proud we are of our success and ability to do this jump rope skill. Count me in, I want a part of this!
I hope this encourages you to find the strength in your life that has developed from struggles. How are you more patient and joyous as a result of your commitment to both fitness and your relationship with Christ? I look forward to hearing from you soon!!
Anchors away, Sam
Colossians 1:11 “Strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously.”