Day 9: Caring for Muscle
I’ve work out my entire adult life. I love it. If a few days go by and I haven’t exercised, I begin to feel frustrated and a little blue. I’m so used to the endorphins and the energy I get when I exercise that it’s become a necessary part of my life. Even though I’ve always exercised, I’ve only recently (in the last three years) aggressively begun to lift weighs. Since I use to only do cardio, my muscles weren’t very developed. I didn’t have to eat a lot of protein because muscle growth wasn’t a big part of my exercise routine. I endeavored to eat healthy, but I didn’t need to watch my macronutrients (protein, fats and carbohydrates) as strictly as I do now.
I remember when I wanted to lose a few pounds; I would simply decrease my calories for a while. After a few weeks of strict dieting, two or three pounds would be gone. But now if I want to lose a few pounds, I just can’t stop eating. I have much more muscle mass that needs constant calories in order to be maintained. I have to be more creative when I want to lose some extra fat. I have to restrict only a few hundred calories over several weeks and/or add a few extra High Intensity Interval Training sessions during my week. I can’t just do whatever I used to do in order to get my desired weight outcome. Having muscle takes attention and care, and I have to account for it when I want to lose weight.
Having muscle resembles someone who has some form of leadership. Whether we are a parent, boss, church leader, etc., we can’t just do whatever we want without considering the people whom God has entrusted to us. As a mom, I can’t set out to accomplish my goals without considering my family first. I know that there are three precious souls relying on me, and I need to figure my ministry of motherhood into all I do. I can still accomplish my goals—they just may take longer to achieve and I may have to be a little more creative to reach them. God has placed us all in some form of leadership position, and we have to take into account everyone and everything depending on us. Otherwise, we may lose more than we will actually gain.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2.3-4 NIV).
Father, help me to count the cost before chasing my destiny. I know that You have great plans for me, but I also know that You have Your perfect will and way. Help me to rest in Your timing and not rush out, trying to achieve my dreams in my own strength. I have people who depend on me, and You care about them just as much as you care about me. I know that I can be creative and patient while I work towards Your promised for my life. I trust that the Holy Sprit will guide me in all truth and righteousness, so I can accomplish ALL the great things You have planned for me.
- Have you ever chased God’s promises in ways that weren’t pleasing to the Lord?
- How can you creatively work towards your destiny while still embracing your leadership role?
- What is God telling you to me patient in today?
Be patient and creative!