Thursday, January 25, 2018

Train Your Weakness - Part 2

Two days ago I shared my revelation to "Train Your Weakness" and was feeling good from a long overdue workout. That was two days ago. Yesterday, I embarked on session two of the total body workout to train my weakness, just like they said, "Every other day for 30 days." Well, today, I'm sore. Really sore, everything hurts. All those muscles that were weak and I didn't know I had, well I know it now.

The more this revelation takes root and I actually live out the experience with my weakened muscles, the more I understand how this applies to all of life.

As I mentioned Tuesday, I have embarked on a 100 Days to Brave journey. I haven't been training my fears, no, those were quite strong. I have been training my weakness, bravery. It was similar to this workout experience. The first time I did a brave thing it felt great and I knew it's what I needed then the backlash and fear started talking - it hurt!

When a muscle isn't used and then it is, there is pain - the same with character traits. It doesn't mean you should give up or give in, it just means keep at it.

In both areas, fear and muscle weakness, I have set myself up for success. I have recognized the weakness, stopped coddling it, started training it, started to maintain it and most importantly have accountability. Tuesday I gave you helpful tips to make this training "stick." I hope you'll join me in this adventure.

Even though I was sore yesterday and didn't want to train my weakness, I had accountability through an online Facebook group.

When I didn't want to send that brave email, I had encouragement from my book club. I don't think I would be sitting here telling you that I am still pursuing this journey if it weren't for those things that I have put in place to keep me moving forward.

The truth is I didn't want to work out yesterday. I have been extremely tired, I have kids with the flu and last night when the house was quiet for a rare hour I did not want to work out, but I knew someone was going to ask. So, I did. Also, I made a commitment and that seems to be key in my journey of overcoming.

The reason my hip comes out of place is that there are muscles that are not strong enough to work in conjunction with my hip flexors, etc. to do their job. It is my responsibility to train them.

The reason fear robs me of so many things is that my courage isn't strong enough to pull that fear into submission. It is my responsibility to train it.

The Bible is clear, a spirit of fear did not come from God. When I train the weakness, fear, and make it come into line with His Word I am actually utilizing my sound mind and strengthening it. It's a win-win!
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. 2 Timothy 1:7
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,... 2 Corinthians 10:5
Frend, you can do this, whatever your "this" is. You are not alone. Your Father has made every provision for your success, so will you join me in training your weakness?

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