We all have those uncomfortable places that take us out of the ordinary. They really stretch us and take us beyond the place that we are used to. The place that we are transformed.
However, in order to be transformed and to grow, we need to allow ourselves the ability to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. That is what the trainer yesterday said to us three while we were at a 10 incline on the treadmill during the HIIT class. This was the “break” before the next go around. High Intensity Interval Training. And I believe in those moments where we are truly uncomfortable –in those seasons of change and transition that God is taking us through His own type of “HIIT” class! LOL even though it is not really funny!! I laugh because of all the things we go through, what can we do. We have our own fight to build us better. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy to obtain. It takes work. It takes a disciplined life.
Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:26-27
It is just going to be U N C O M F O R T A B L E!
There are conversations that we have to have when we don’t want to.
There is a time we have to wake when we don’t want to.
There are places that we have to go to when we don’t want to –but that is all geared towards our growth. What can I say but that we really have to embrace the change, especially when it is completely out of our hands and in His.
I am in HIIT class when I hear that alarm bell going off in the morning and I have to push towards the prayer call then go to work.
I am in HIIT class when I have to encounter the various personalities throughout my work day or church day.
I am in HIIT class when I find myself once again in that season where He is doing a work inside me. I think then I will say I have to be more prepared.
Just like I asked the trainer during the class “30 second rest” when he said we would have great change coming our way for the better when we condition our bodies like this. “What about our food?!?”
“AH –simple, let me provide you with a general concept if you are looking to build your body:
At breakfast, eat like a king.
At lunch, eat like a queen.
At dinner, eat like a peasant.”
And how true we can use that concept for other things. So in the morning before I start my day, I am going to want to make sure I have a healthy devotional and meditation time –prayer, reading, journaling and preparing my mind to take on the day both professionally and personally.
“Making an impact at home, work and in your community starts with your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. Consider establishing an effective morning routine to pay attention to how you begin each day and set the tone for what you will achieve to create habits of attentiveness.”
In the afternoon, I will continue to reflect through inspirational material that helps me keep focus and aligned with my daily goals. And at night I will wind down with a good book preparing myself for bed. I love to read before I go to bed so that my mind isn’t saturated with other images from films or media. This helps me sleep better.
We have to keep positive! All things POSITIVE! Even when it is uncomfortable. It is not based on emotions but on our entire being and purpose. We are called to lead and live a life of excellence and that is POSSIBLE.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 4:8-9 NIV
Listen folks –we just got to get better at this thing called life. Every day is an opportunity to start again. I know there are rough days –but those rough days are sharpening us for the best days! Stay focused, stay the course and try all that you can even when it becomes more than uncomfortable. My most read verse these days is from Isaiah –which helps me to get by because I know I am not doing it alone!
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
No matter the situation, we will get through it and come out stronger than ever before. You can get comfortable with knowing that in your uncomfortable places –you will always be with the Comforter!