Day 7: Injuries
Minor injuries are a normal part of weightlifting. No matter if you lift weights with a trainer, lift weights with friends or lift weights solo, some part of your body will get damaged and will become inflamed for a few days or a few weeks. Once you get an injury, you have to modify your workouts. It can be very frustrating not being able to fully use every muscle because of one muscle that is in distress, but you press through. Quitting over minor injuries is not an option, since the alternative would be muscle atrophy from disuse. The inflammation will finally fade, and the body will become stronger and better able to avoid the injury in the future.
I had a few such injuries during my trainer. I pulled my trapezius while doing pull-ups and I pulled my groin muscle while doing weighted leg lifts. No matter how well I watched my form, something happened to cause those muscles to become irritated. Since this was my second bodybuilding competition, I was accustomed to the setback. Instead of becoming upset, I just dealt with the problem, knowing that it would eventually heal. As long as I stretched, ate the right foods, drank plenty of water and incorporated other healing options (hot baths, cold packs, essential oils, chiropractor, massage, etc.), I knew that I would heal quickly. I wasn’t going to quick because of a few minor hindrances.
Many people are surprised when they get hurt in relationships, but we all step on each other’s toes once in a while. The alternative would be to get rid of relationships altogether, but that would go against Jesus’ emphasis on loving one another (John 13.34) The Bible says we are like sandpaper to each other, which doesn’t sound very pleasant, but it is for our good because it is refining us. Yes, it is true that some relationships are toxic and must be cut out completely for a time or indefinitely, but minor relational infractions are a normal part of life. No one is perfect, and we are just as flawed as the next person. And “it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19.11 NIV).
“As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend” (Proverbs 27.17 NLT).
Lord, help me not to become overwhelmed and frustrated because of minor relational infractions. I know that we all mess up, and I don’t want to become offended by every little thing. I am strong in You, and people will never be perfect, especially me. I want to offer mercy freely, so I too can receive mercy freely. Show me how to incorporate healing methods into my life (prayer, Bible reading, Christian music, self-awareness, godly relationships, saying sorry, forgiving easily, etc.) that will help me to heal quickly from the minor injuries that I receive on a daily basis. But if a relationship is causing permanent damage beyond repair, help me know when to cut that relationship out. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.
- What minor injury have you received lately?
- Were you strong enough in God to forgive easily and give mercy quickly?
- Have you ever unknowingly injured someone you cared about?
Give mercy to receive mercy!