Excuses! Excuses!!!

It’s too late!

I don’t have enough time!

It’s too early!

The kids are sick!

The DVD player isn’t working right!!!!

I don’t feel like it!

We all have them – excuses.  We can always come up with some great excuse on why we don’t want to work out.  But that doesn’t make them valid, or excusable.

My favorite one used to be the time factor one, before I reprioritized my life around working out once a day.  It didn’t have to be for an hour, it didn’t have to look the same everyday – but making purposeful movement was the goal… and God allowed me to make that happen when I set my eyes on Him.

Sure I still have days I really would just like to sit, and sometimes I do (we all need a day of rest sometimes!) … but God fills me with a craving that next day to get after it harder than before!  (Thanks be to Him!)

This week my husband is working more than normal, so caring for feverish and vomiting children has been a bit more challenging.  It would be easy to say “forget it” on the working out… the thought HAS crossed my mind…

If only… God didn’t have ahold of my heart.

You see, when I look to Him for my strength, I’m reminded of how much worse other people might have it… how I have a lot to be grateful for, and it gives me the perspective I need to press on.  (…and it keeps me from falling into a pity-party trap!)  I’m reminded I have two legs, I’m healthy, and I’m alive.  I really don’t need more reason than that – but there are countless others!!

So even though it took me 45 minutes to get my sound to work on my TV last night, and I didn’t get started until 10:30pm – I was SO glad I could move, and did!  (Not to mention I was excited to try out a new workout DVD!)  But I didn’t get frustrated – I knew if the DVD play wasn’t working I could walk, or do hand weights … or SOMETHING.  I could MOVE!  That commitment keeps me going when I’d like to give up… just like in parenting, our marriages etc.  If we keep moving, even when we don’t “feel” like it – we are SO glad we put in the effort!

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“I lift up my eyes to the hills.  From where does my help come?  My help comes from the Lord,  who made heaven and earth.”  – Psalm 121:1-2

Posted on September 15, 2011, in Change, Metabolism and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I never thought to apply that verse to exercise motivation, but you’re right. It works for everything we need help with. Thanks for sharing this. It’s just what I needed to read today.

  2. Agreed! There are so many verses I never applied to health… He has definitely opened my eyes! Thanks for posting and have a great weekend!

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