Let’s talk about being sore… no, not S-O-A-R like flying high or seeing opportunities and responding, but S-O-R-E like my muscles hurt!  To some, being sore is a terrible thing, but to others it’s a fantastic feeling; it’s the feeling of accomplishment, knowing you worked your body past its comfortable capacity.  To be honest, being sore is one of my favorite feelings, right after the feeling of a clean shower after being covered in sand because you’ve been at the beach ALL day!  You don’t have to be a pole vaulter or marathon runner to know what I mean.  For most everyone reading this, you have felt that ache deep in your muscles coming from a hard work out.  This past week I put in some extra work that is causing my hamstrings to talk, but I know it is so good!  The ache means strength is being built, and heaven knows I need plenty of it!  Our bodies go through an intricate process to build muscle.  In the simplest of terms, our bodies become sore because of little tears in the muscles that happen during activity.  To repair the tears, your body creates new muscle fibers to repair the old, thus creating a bigger stronger muscle. 

I can’t help but think of what an incredible Creator we have, and the vast correlations in the process of building physical strength and spiritual strength.  A lot of times people (including myself) question the pain or hurt in our lives, wishing that we would never have to experience sufferings.  Yet as I look around, the strongest people in my life have suffered to one degree or another.  When there is a tear in the fabric of our lives, God is able to come in and create new threads, making a beautifully stronger and more durable faith.  1 Timothy 4:8 says “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”  What a great picture physical training paints for the canvas of our faith.  Strength, stamina, and speed are not built in a day, or a week, or even a month… but over years.  You cannot expect to become a well-trained, seasoned athlete unless you are willing to work and feel some pain; knowing that pain is going to produce fruit.  The same is true in our faith.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians and Philippians “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever… Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  So if you are hurting, be patient my friend.  Endure the pain that life brings, turn to Christ to build the framework of who you are, and trust that He has the ability to make you stronger than you could imagine.  Let us together train our faith to be strong, allowing God to be our coach, and build towards something everlasting. 

Dare to feel sore, so when time comes, your faith allows you to SOAR.