Easy at the Top
I use a 45-pound plate weight on both sides of my barbell when I warm up for my squats. After my first set, I begin adding additional plate weights to each side, moving from 135 pounds all the way to about 175 for my fourth set of reps. At my heaviest, when I first lift the barbell from the squat rack, the weight feels manageable. My legs are able to carry the weight easily as long as I don’t move too much. It is not until I have to make my legs move into a deep squat position that my body feels the full weight of the 175 pounds on my shoulders. Now the weight feels extremely heavy, and I have to use all my might just to stand up again.
After 8 reps, I am more than happy to put the barbell back onto the squat rack. My chest is heaving, trying to suck oxygen into my lungs as fast as possible. It takes me a full three minutes just to bring my heart rate back down. I find it interesting that the weight can feel so different, depending on the movements of my body. When I barely move, the weight feels light. But when I activate my muscles and make sweeping movements with my body, the weight is almost unbearable. This reminds me a lot of the weight of our God-given promises. Why is it that sometimes the weight doesn’t feel so heavy, yet other times the weigh of it almost seems suffocating?
I realized that when I’m doing nothing with my promises, distracted by every day life and responsibilities, I don’t notice the weight of God’s promises for my life as much. I can almost come to the point where I don’t feel the burden of my dreams. However, when I activate my belief and move my faith muscles with God’s promises resting on my shoulders, I now suddenly feel the burden God has placed on me. It almost feels too heavy to carry, and I wonder how many reps I’m going to have to do until God finally comes through for me. But I must trust the process of waiting and pushing because I know that God is making me stronger to handle the burden and blessings that come with my promises. I won’t give up on my dreams, and I will use every ounce of energy in me to stay committed to what God has claimed over my life.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6.9 NIV).
Father, I know that You have given me promises for my life, and I will activate my faith and believe in those promises. I know the weight of my destiny may sometimes feel suffocating, but I trust that I’m becoming stronger during my wait. You are making me into the likeness of Your Son, and I won’t give into pressure or give up. I will move according to Your will even when the path seems difficult and tedious. Help me not to become weary. I know that when the time is right, You will fulfill Your promises for my life, and I will walk in the fullness of my destiny. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- Do you feel the weight of God’s promises on your life?
- Have you ever been tempted to be impatient and put your promises on hold?
- What can you do today to activate your faith and move into your destiny?
Don’t give up on your promises!