How many times have you stood in front of the mirror and picked apart your body? “My butts too big. My thighs are disgusting. I wish I had a straighter nose”. This list could go on and on and on, but I shall stop there. I don’t want to give you any more ideas.
I remember one day standing in the mirror one day and doing this exact same thing and then it hit me like a ton of bricks….
EVERY TIME I TALK ABOUT MY BODY IN A DISHONORING WAY I AM TELLING THE CREATOR OF THE UNIVERSE THAT HE HAS DONE SOMETHING WRONG.
I have to tell you I had a long repentance session after that and I have plenty since then. My body was created by a good God, not one who gave me a big bootie to torture me, but because that’s what He gave me and with it I can jump high, run fast, lift heavy weights and rock a killer pair of jeans. Now…all the extra dimples on my bootie…well that’s my fault, you see I chose to eat food that was not good for me. I chose to be apathetic about exercise in different seasons of my life. I chose the ice cream at the end of the night. It was a choice I chose to make so I do not get to stand in front of the mirror any longer and tell this infinite God who is the creator of perfection that He did something wrong.
Now this is something that all of us have done at one time or another and so this is not just limited to the next group I am about to address.
I find that often people want results but they don’t actually want to do what it takes to get those results. They want a quick fix, the magic pill, the 30-days that promises to drop you 50 pounds. These things are not realistic, they are part of our microwave society and we don’t like to work for things. Fitness, wellness, a rockin’ body….THAT’S EARNED, plain and simple.
I want to talk about this idea of “Not quite to the line.” You might know who you are and you might not, but after this I bet you will begin to pay closer attention. I’m not saying you’re cheaters, those who will always take the shortcut, although you could be. This is the individual that is asked to lunge to the line or run to the cone and they get sort of to it, not at it, next to it or past it; they stop just before it.
I think there a few reasons why people make this a habit in the gym, but as we know, it’s just another habit in life:
They don’t care enough about themselves to get all the way there.
2. They need to finish before others so they cut things a little bit short in order to save face and look a little bit better.
3. Those last few steps are just more effort than they would like to give.
4. They are trying to keep up with others but can’t keep the pace, so shortening it keeps them within striking distance.
5. The idea of finishing strong, doing a bit more than what is required is not in the fabric of who they are.
Many of these things are learned traits. We picked them up along the way in life and we carry them…and we carry them EVERYWHERE. The easy road is the road most traveled. Some people were never taught to work hard. When things get hard they cave, or they just do what they feel necessary. I then think there are others who were taught what it means to work hard and to go to the cone or even run a little past it.
If you feel like this is a tendency you have I want to ask you a couple of questions:
Why do you come up just a little short?
What is it about finishing well that tends to give you a little bit of difficulty?
When you are working out why do quit when it’s hard? Would you do that if someone was watching you or training with you?
Where else do you see this in your life?
This is not the end of the world. This is only an opportunity to examine your weaknesses, press into the Lord and begin to unpack this behavior so that you can move forward and finish well in every area of your life.