A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (22)I joined a gym.  I didn’t want to go to a gym where Barbie and Ken dolls strut their stuff all over the place and make people like me feel like a fat speed bump.  After careful and prayerful consideration, my husband and I landed at Planet Fitness.  I like the NO CRITICS signs and especially the LUNK sign that says if you drop weights or judge another person, you are a LUNK.  There are also signs around that say THIS IS A NO JUDGMENT ZONE.  Other signs say YOU BELONG.  Please LIKE their facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/Planet.Fitness.Wichita.KS.Maize/?fref=ts

Even though I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin quite yet, I feel comfortable there – I know I will reach my goals in that kind of environment.

We have been consistent so far, and I’ve not gotten discouraged at all, so I plan to continue this lifestyle for the long haul.  For the first time in such a long time, I feel hopeful about weight loss and finally FINALLY getting my health back!  I have hit the wall…  I have no choice.  It’s either get healthy or pay over $400 a month for the rest of my life to take insulin.  I’d rather pay the gym and do the work.  I can do this – I WILL do this!  I have to do this. 

I have to share what happened on June 3rd.  As I said, there are signs all over the place.  They also have TV’s mounted in the center of the gym so you can watch any station you choose.  There is a PF TV that shows music videos and the PF advertisements in-between videos.

As I was walking on the treadmill I looked up at a sign on the PF TV that I knew should have said, DON’T FORGET TO SPRAY DOWN THE EQUIPMENT.  I know you’re going to think I’m off my rocker, but I promise you, when I looked up at it today, it said, DON’T FORGET TO PRAY.  That’s all – the “S” was too far to the left of the screen to be seen, and the rest of the message was too far down and off the screen completely.DON'T FORGET TO PRAY

Did anyone else see it?  I don’t know.  Did God mean for anyone to see it but me?  I don’t know.  I saw it though and obviously He meant for me to see it.  All I know for sure is my God is so good and so creative!  If He wants to remind you to pray, He’s gonna find a way and do it.

Tears came to my eyes.  If I had been among my own kind – my own “tribe”, I would have said, “HEY, LOOK YOU GUYS!!!”  Obviously, I was not among my own kind, so I showed great restraint and kept walking, wiping tears that rolled down my face (maybe others thought it was sweat).  I had to look up and smile, because for whatever reason, my God cared enough for me to remind me to talk with Him today.

It’s not a hassle, it’s not too time-consuming, it’s not a problem to converse with Him.  Call me crazy (go ahead, I’ve been called worse, believe me) – but at the moment I saw that sign, it was like God was letting me know He really looked forward to our daily conversation, and He would miss me if I didn’t show up.  I love that He loves me and wants my company!  Remember the song that Larnelle Harris sang called “I Miss My Time With You” – ???  Yeah – like that.  ❤

I’m loved, I’m protected and I’m heard by Him!  How many people on this ol’ earth can you say that about?  Most people just wanna talk and never listen.  God hears me – He always listens because He is a gentleman.  When I’m done talking, it’s His turn to talk to me.  I gladly listen, study His Word and look for signs everywhere I go – even the signs at the gym!  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  – 1 Corinthians 15:57

REFLECTIONS

Why are there so many mirrors at the gym???  UGH!!!  I used to think there were mirrors so I would feel guilty when I caught a glimpse of my body – but no, the mirrors are there so you can check your form – how you execute the exercise.  If an exercise is not done with good form, it can (and will) cause an injury.

As there are mirrors to check our form while using workout equipment at the gym, God puts mirrors in our path once in a while so we can check our spiritual workout – our motives and attitudes.  They allow us to weed out any toxic behaviors as we see ourselves next to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  This is how we get the victory as we live.

Through God’s Holy Spirit and His Word, we are able to look in spiritual mirrors (yes, they are full-length).  As Christians we need to keep the lines of communication open with the Lord and be very familiar with His teachings by reading Scripture every day.  This is the only way we can keep our lives in check and know without a doubt we are reflecting the love of Christ to others in our realm of influence.  Use the mirrors – check your form.

We live in a day when people take bits and pieces from this teaching and that teaching and sort of cook up their own blend to live by.  If this Eastern philosophy sounds good and right, we adopt it.  If this Christian teaching sounds right, but this other one is too rough to adopt, or more likely, seems to go against the flow of popular opinion, we reject it.

Would you go to a gym and hang sheets or curtains over the mirrors so you couldn’t judge your form while working out?  I used to think the answer was YES – but now that I know why the mirrors are there – (to help me do things correctly), my answer is NO – of course not!

Use the spiritual mirrors that God has provided through His Holy Spirit and through His Word.  These mirrors are available to Christians so we can be better and more like Christ.  🙂