I don’t know why, but God really likes to talk to me through workout videos. Maybe that’s when I’m really focused?? Sadly, no. That’s usually when I’m trying not to fall on my face in a yoga pose, or desperately gasping for air after about 50 burpees. But then the trainer on the video says something that just clicks, and then I keep this silly workout video phrase in my heart forever. God just gets me, and I so love that about Him. He knows when I really need to hear something, and he knows when to say it so that I’ll actually retain it. He meets me right where I am, even if it’s in Warrior III.
Recently God used Autumn from the Beachbody Chisel DVD to speak to my 180 bpm beating heart. We were almost to the end of the workout, which is the worst part for me because I want to quit and am fighting off all the voices in my head that say, you’re good, take a break, you don’t need to do the last 5 minutes 😉 You know those voices. Autumn typically tells us to suck it up at this point, but in this particular workout she says,
“Your desire to change has to be greater than your desire to stay the same.”
Makes sense right? If we really want to wear those skinny jeans, then we can’t keep pressing pause and eating cupcakes for dinner. It makes perfect sense, but we still like cupcakes and we still like easy.
This is my struggle – staying the same. Staying in the lines I’ve drawn around me is really nice and safe, and I like it there. But, is that where I’m supposed to be? Is there more that He has for me? The truth is that God is asking me to do hard things right now. He’s pushing me into people, places, and things that scare me, and the deeper I get, the harder He pushes.
But I can’t move forward unless I really, truly want to move forward in my heart. I have to want to change, more than I want to stay safely the same. I have to want to be changed, knowing it’s going to put an end to the comforts I know now.
Which brings me to my all time favorite workout quote,
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable!”
Jillian Michaels, you spoke truth to me through that Yoga Meltdown workout. Change is not comfortable. Sometimes change hurts, it makes you grow, it shapes your life, and sometimes it brings you to your knees. Which maybe is exactly where you need to be?
Right now, God is asking me to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. He’s asking me to tear down my walls, and to let Him lead me. To desire a change in myself that will be never ending and possibly terrifying. A change that will uproot me from my current comfortable seat in life, and set my feet on a path to places unimaginable.
Slowly I’ll start to notice the change, when I’m not quite the person that I was, and not yet the person that I will be. I can’t wait!