Percentage weights have begun and so has the muscle fatigue.  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays you can find me in the weight room usually pushing 210 on the bench.  Okay, maybe 210 is a little exaggerated, but I tell you by the last rep of the workout it sure feels like 210.  It’s been good to be pushed outside my comfort zone the past few workouts.  Though its amazing how quickly our bodies develop new “comfort zones” in a matter of weeks, in which case new workouts and heavier weights are required to push us back out, and thus the never-ending process starts all over again.  But the good coach knows that the result of discomfort is growth.   Complacency only develops mediocre athletes.  And why settle for mediocrity?

I’ll let you in on a little secret… You and I have the best Coach there is.  He usually places us in situations we don’t feel prepared to handle and makes us do things that send our stomach into our throat saying, “there is no-way I’m equipped to accomplish this”; but He knows what the resulting growth will be, and He desires so much more than mediocrity.  There are so many times I reach the last repetition of a set and, shaking, I am unable to push the weight any higher… That’s when my coach steps in and puts a finger under the bar and assists me in the last few inches up.  He knows I can’t do it on my own, but he also helps only enough to get me through.  As I struggle and fight with everything that’s in me to make it, he gives me the added strength to finish the set.  Sometimes I just need the voice of encouragement to get me through, sometimes I need that finger to help with the final few inches, but there are also times when I need the weight completely lifted off my chest.  The good coach can decipher which of the three will build the most strength without doing harm, and is there with you willing to do whatever it takes.

When was the last time you felt outside of your comfort zone?  Can I challenge you to step outside if it’s been a while?  The unknown can be intimidating, but with a Coach like ours, the possibilities are exhilarating!  Trust the Coach.  He desires to reshape and rebuild what we find comfortable.  He desires to build in us strength, and He knows how to develop it.  No matter what area needs cultivating in your life, He promises this: He will be there as a voice of encouragement, to lend that helping finger, or to take the weight completely when you’ve reached the breaking point.

But it takes commitment.

To see lasting results we must commit to the long haul.  I know that just as my physical growth will diminish when I stop working out, my spiritual growth will fade if I am not committed to it.  I am so glad my God is a Coach of pictures.  He demonstrates to me physically what He desires for me spiritually, because in the end that’s what truly matters.

Philippians 3:14
“I press on towards the goal to win the prize which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”