No Pain, No Gain – Good News for February 4

4 02 2009

Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15

Brothers and sisters, in your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood. You have also forgotten the exhortation addressed to you as children:

My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines; he scourges every son he acknowledges.

Endure your trials as “discipline”; God treats you as his sons. For what “son” is there whom his father does not discipline? At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.

So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be dislocated but healed.

Strive for peace with everyone, and for that holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one be deprived of the grace of God, that no bitter root spring up and cause trouble, through which many may become defiled.

The Daily Path – Anyone who has worked out in the gym or trained as a competitive athlete knows that you have to push your body repeatedly to get better results. It takes great discipline. I remember the pain as I strained my muscles to do just one more repetition with the weights. It wasn’t fun. I didn’t like it. In fact, I hated it. There were a million other things I would rather have done than sit in a smelly gym. But when I finished, I felt good about what I had done. My tired muscles would be sore the next day, but that soreness actually felt good. When it came time to compete my body was better able to respond.  

Following God is not unlike training as an athlete. I have learned that there is the same discipline involved. I remember my parents referring to “crosses” that people have to bear in life. A seemingly impossible weight (like the cross Jesus had to carry on the way to his death) or insurmountable difficulty that these people had to deal with for a long time. Somehow they managed to carry on and cope with their challenge every day.

God does put challenges (discipline) in our life. I see where He’s disciplining me. In the midst of dealing with these challenges you think “How can I do this even one more time?” But somehow you do. You take one more step even though it hurts like hell. Then another. And another. You find a way to get through it, just like working out.

And in the end, you do feel a sense of peace. It may be exhaustion and the outcome may not be exactly as hoped… but you know you gave it all you had and that feels good (peace). Your spirit is perhaps better prepared to deal with the next challenge.

I know that God continues to discipline me with challenges every day. Some days I’ll fail miserably (as my wife will attest). But now I’m committed to another attempt. Yet another rep. I know that these reps will make me stronger. If I keep at it (respond to the discipline) perhaps I’ll get it right the next time. I also know that if I continue to give it my all… then my chances of winning are that much better.

Room to Chat: Running late for a meeting or appointment? Frustrated that the elevator is taking forever or the traffic is holding you from your destination? Let it go and say hello to God instead.


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4 02 2009
danieljtomlinson

Kin,

Thank you for the reminder my friend. I incorrectly think life should go smoother than it does. Washer machine doesn’t get fixed. I wake up too late. I forget my mop. My vacuum cleaner is frozen – literally! I left it in the car last night! Brilliant! I become overwhelmed at the thought of just temporal stuff, yet it demands so much mental energy.

I then look out my office window into the back yard, and the passage about seeking first his kingdom enters my mind. I pause in thanks, and I pause again in thanks as Mr. Robles reenforces the movement of the Spirit in my life.

Thank you my friend!

Grace and peace,
Daniel

5 02 2009
Daniel

As you can see I love this blog!

God is closer than the blood in my veins, but sometimes it’s hard to really believe that.

Discipline is no fun! Just asked my 4-year-old!

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