Game of Life
Do you ‘feel the burn’? Are you one of those who loves to push your body until it nearly breaks, and then keep pushing?
I’m not. I know I probably should be if I really want to excel at my sport, but, let’s be honest, all that burning and breaking, it hurts!
The thing about exercise though, is that we all know we need to do it. The term ‘Use it or lose’ is not to be taken lightly. The older we get the more vital we realise this is. And the more you expect from your sporting self, the more you need to exercise and train past the point of mild discomfort. To really excel at sport means to really make the exercise hurt.
Now, in the past, I’ve talked about playing hurt, due to injury, but this is different. This is the fact that every single thing we do as a sports person is improved if we have prepared for it way beyond where we are physically comfortable. To see the value of this, look at the face of the runner as they break the tape. It’s a face of pain. The moment before the grand final whistle goes, every player is at breaking point. And it is the same with my spiritual life. Pain, suffering, disappointment, hurt, all these things happen to everyone, but not everyone realises these things are simply training.
This is what God uses to make us strong enough to move on to the next great win! God cannot expose you to the great thing he needs you to do until you are ready, until you have trained for it. Until you have suffered. The marathon runner doesn’t sit about comfortably waiting for the day they are to run. They train ‘til it hurts. Then, once all the training has been done, you are ready to run. Even then you will hurt, grimace, bleed, but that’s how you experience the inexpressible joy of Winning. In your sport and in your spiritual life. So stop seeing emotional pain as a bad thing and look to the fact that you are getting stronger. It hurts now but looking back you will see, that grimace can turn to joy very quickly.
05/11/2017 / Kit Densley