Just about every January, the health clubs and fitness centers suddenly get very full don’t they? People make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get in shape and so they sign up for the latest fitness craze. A few years ago it was Kick Boxing. This year it’s Cross Fit and Kettle Bells.
And what happens when you finally do put it in gear and exercise? When you are in training, you don’t see overnight results, do you? It may take weeks, months, or longer to get that “Body By Jake” right?
But you endure it because you know that hard training and discipline produces great results.
There is someone I’ve been following on Facebook who started a new exercise regimen at the first of the year. Yesterday her status noted that it’s been tough, but in January she lost 13 pounds. Good for her!
Discipline. Training. We all know it’s good for us, but very few of us endure it… much less endure it with joy.
The Bible says that suffering and trials — like discipline and training — are all are part of God’s plan to make us stronger, to prepare us for what is ahead.