“Never compare your day 1 to someones day 50.”
A few months ago I was incredibly intimated by the gym, especially weight lifting. I walked in and saw a bunch of fit people and they always seemed to know what they were doing. It was not hard to become discouraged and want to run in the opposite direction.
But I had a goal in mind, and my body wasn’t where I wanted it to be. Yes I knew I was beautiful before but I wanted to improve, for me, no one else. I felt drained and tired and just not where I wanted to be physically.
With a goal in mind, I stopped comparing myself to others and started pushing myself. Not only pushing myself but educating myself on health and exercising.
As time went by I grew more confident, and stronger. I did research and gained the knowledge I needed to lose weight. I lost 40 lbs and my body is exactly the way I want it.
The same concept is applied spiritually. Back in February I was intimated by “church people.” Everyone seemed to know way more about the bible than me, and seemed to know where they were going in life. I walked into church not wanting to talk to anyone because I didn’t want them judging me.
I didn’t want to be around a bunch of hypocrites either. But let’s face it, not going to church because there are hypocrites is like not going to the gym because there are over weight people.
As Christians, we go to church, not because we are perfect. But to learn principles from scripture we can apply to make changes in our lives. The entire New Testament has guidelines to apply to walking in the Christian life.
Yes there are hypocrites in the church, but we are all trying. Wouldn’t it be great if instead of judging other people for their mistakes we supported them through them? We can learn from each other if we weren’t to busy judging each other. Instead of using other peoples faults to justify our actions “well he does this, so it’s okay if I do that.” Imagine what it would be like if we worried about fixing ourselves and being the best we can be.
I constantly hear: “you don’t need to go to church to be a good person.” Maybe not, but I go to church to worship God, and to be encouraged by other people who are trying to live the same type of life style I am.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
I wanted to get into shape physically so I went to the gym. Now I’m working on getting in shape spiritually, so I go to church.
I got over my fears and accomplished my goals. Each day I learn something new to apply. Each day I set a new goal. Achieving them helps build self esteem.. I’m a constant work in progress, I pray every day to grow in knowledge in wisdom. Each day unfolds into a new surprise. I wouldn’t trade this feeling for anything. It’s possible for anyone to achieve the same.
Remember, we all start somewhere! If you’re wanting to start and make a change, don’t get discouraged. Use the people in their “day 50” for their wisdom, pick someone you want to be like and do what they did to get there. Tweaking it of course
If something’s important to you’ll find a way, if not you’ll find an excuse. Remember, no one can do your push ups for you
Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”