We all have been there. The decision is made to get physically fit. Be it running, weight lifting or other activity that we are starting. At first it’s exciting thinking…”I can’t wait for the results” and so your training begins. You start your first work out and you put everything you have into it. “whoo…what a work out” you say. The next day soon follows and boom! The pain…oh the lactic acid pain, you forgot about the pain.
Now the physiology of muscle growth is fascinating really. See there are three ways to activate growth…Tension, Damage or Metabolic Stress. After a workout, the body REPAIRS, REPLACES and ADDS protein strands from the result of the stress put on the muscle. This increases the size of the muscle and allows our bodies to go farther and farther each time and with less effort.
What many don’t know is that the rate of muscle growth is greater than the rate of muscle breakdown even though most of us focus on the loss. More interestingly is that the process of growth does not happen during the work out process…it occurs while you rest.
This is an amazing parallel and example that God has given us in our lives. See it is the Tension, Damage and Stress we have that will ultimately activate growth in our lives and those around us. Many of us focus so much on the pain involved in the process that we refuse to begin “Working Out” again. It did not work before right? We refuse to pursue difficult relationship or dreams because it seems so hard. We tried it before and all we can remember is the pain and the struggle. We must remember the growth that we have and when there is growth… celebrate what has been gained.
The only way to have God ADD to your life, REPLACE the hurt with something greater and REPAIR the damaged relationships is by being intentional. We must continue to “work out” even when there is pain. The wonderful part is when we pursue Gods plans, the rate of growth and healing is greater than any loss you may see. To go even further, there are probably some things in our lives we should lose or let go anyway. The good news…even when there is pain God promises to give us the power of his rest.
2 Corinthians 12: 10
”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.