Strength In Numbers
Some days you just don’t feel like working out. While it is good to honor days of rest it can be easy to fall into a rut, especially if you are new to fitness and wellness. Finding a buddy to keep you motivated and accountable is a great tool to keep on track.
Studies back this up, showing that people who exercise in a group setting or make a commitment to another person are more likely to stick with a program than those who don’t. Your friend can offer encouragement, inspiration and accountability. Together, you both grow stronger.
YOUR CHALLENGE THIS MONTH:
Find a buddy to keep you accountable in your wellness goals.
Make a workout date. Set a dual goal, such as exercising 5 times per week at least 30 minutes each time. Limit sugar together and share strategies or take a live healthy cooking class.
These partnerships are not only valuable for staying on track with your physical health, but vital for sticking with God’s plan and keeping your spirit strong. Hebrews 3 talks about keeping your heart soft to the voice of God, so you are able to rest in Christ. This promise of rest is available even during the difficult and mucky times of life.
Sometimes the circumstances of life bring weariness, fatigue, and even anger. It can be tempting to give up on God’s promises and decide it just isn’t worth standing strong. Friends, if you are in this place I want to encourage you to trust God to do what He says and continue in obedience to Him. He knows how long you have to endure what you are going through and He can bring the energy you need to stick with it, but you need others to help you stand in belief.
Find a solid group of people who will hold up your hands when you don’t have the strength to do it. Friends to “encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called ‘Today,’ so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.” (Hebrews 3:13 NASB)
Be willing to be open, real, vulnerable, and honest to each other. Be willing to express your struggles, so that God can come in and give you grace in your humility helping you strengthen your faith muscles in times that you don’t feel like it. These are the beautiful muscles that will keep you in God’s rest.
My prayer for each of you right now is that the Lord shows you the exact connections for both physical and spiritual strengthening that He has for you and that you make an effort to nurture these relationships. I pray against any insecurity and for greater revelation in the knowledge of God’s love.
Trust that as you willingly open your heart to these trusted brothers and sisters, you’ll find that you are not alone and will each begin healing and building strength in your souls and bodies as you encourage each other to stand firmly on God’s path to wholeness and life.
As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend. (Proverbs 27:17 NLT)
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