47 Things on Thursdays: Yes,We May Grimace…

The Judgment Free Zone exists! Planet Fitness declares it on their walls in four foot tall letters. Yet, my wonder wanders.

The myriad of people range in age and size and intensity of energy.  I wonder at the stories behind each one.  Is it vanity or health that drives them to press on?  Maybe it is both. In my case it is a little of both.  I want to look good to my husband and to myself as I look in the mirror. And, I’m recovering – trying to win back my body from the ravages of cancer.  I want good health.

This is my purpose.  This is why I don new sneakers, leave the comfort of my home, and push myself to learn how to operate the odd looking contraptions that tell me I will strengthen my muscles and re-shape my figure if I continue using them.

Two evenings ago after such an adventure on the many contraptions, using the phraseology of my young son, I sweat-ed!  I have not sweat-ed in a very long time….A smile altered my countenance and I felt a Hoorah! creep up inside me. Change is on the way.

This is my purpose isn’t it?  To change. To reshape. To make better.  I press on for the benefit of my overall health – physical and emotional.  I’ll be happier.  And if I am happier with myself and my body, then my husband will no doubt be happier as well.  It’s a win-win situation!  A boost for our relationship.

Pressing on means hard work doesn’t it?  Of course it does.  As I wander with my eyes, I can see it on the faces of those around me sharing in the exercise adventure.  Grimaces, quiet exhales of breath, pained expressions accompanied by droplets of perspiration are found no matter where I set my vision.  Everyone is pressing on to some degree.  Pushing themselves on purpose – for a purpose.

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I am triggered to wonder and wander to the question: what is God’s purpose for us?  Especially, what is God’s purpose when He allows hard things into our lives?  He allowed cancer and its ugly side effects into my life.  For why?  For what? Certainly He has allowed hard things into your life as well.

Be assured, GOD has  PURPOSE in what He allows and he has a plan for each of us to be changed, reshaped, and made better.  He presses on with His work so that we are given opportunity to press on in our work; our work is the exercising of trust and faith in God.  Romans 8:28 & 29 declare, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,…”

Did you catch God’s purpose?  He desires us to be conformed to the image of his Son!  This is hard work, not for God, but for us to endure the trials and the difficult struggles.  We must push ourselves!  Yes, we may grimace, we may quietly exhale (although I have exhaled with a wailing guttural voice at times!).  We may have pained expressions and perspiration on our brow.  I urge you my friend to push yourself and use the odd contraptions — exercise trust and faith in your difficult trial.

For why?  For the purpose of being conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus.

For what?  For the glory of God.

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The gym fosters change for our physical body which in turn helps our emotional body.  The enduring of hard trials and exercising of trust and faith in God fosters change in our spiritual body.  In God’s purpose, for God’s purpose, with God’s purpose we are made better and we will be happier in Him. God is happier as we choose to press on with faith and trust in Him and become conformed.  It’s a win-win situation!  A boost for our relationship with God.

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Join me again next Thursday!   And don’t forget about Tuesday Tidbits…. next Tuesday I will share with you ways to learn contentment.

5 thoughts on “47 Things on Thursdays: Yes,We May Grimace…

  1. It’s so obvious to me why God let cancer into your life…(even tho that sounds soooo horrible to even say that aloud!! but you know what I mean, thankfully!!) Besides His purpose to mold you more like Jesus, I believe He wanted you to inspire and encourage others through your experience. Your experience physically, mentally, and spiritually was profound, and sharing with others makes a great impact on how we live our lives, how we choose to handle things ourselves, and how we need to seek and continue on God’s path. Your grandest experience was most definitely your relationship with God throughout. He used you to show us / to remind us that He is there every second of our lives and we need to remember that all of this is God’s plan. You glorify Him with your story…with your life.

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