Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Be Strong, Be courageous
Joshua 1:9 "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Would you be?
We all have to TRUST fully that God will do exactly what he sets out to promise us All and that is to be prosperous and successful~!
Joshua 1:8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
What does Strong really mean? Does that mean the strength of our how physically capable we are? Is strength measured by numbers like the miles we can run at a pace we can only dream to excel at?
I don't believe that at all. Our own strength is individualized and so personal to each of us alone. That we define what that is in our own hearts, mind, soul with the all knowing God. He KNOWS our true strength even as we doubts. In the midst of deep concern or worry he is everlastingly knowing our truest strength. If you are an athlete or aspiring to just be more physically stronger you are actually tapping into your inside spirit. Your internal strength defines YOU! Every time it gets HARD ....the kind of hard where you want to quit or puke or pass out but you keep on going....WOW- if you've been there then I've met you there too! When you get done you BURST into tears- pride? heck yeahs! Celebrate that as God is smiling for you! God wants you to keep pushing yourself to the put that you redefine your personal STRONG! I've seen it abundantly clear that often times many endurance athletes are actually spiritually very STRONG people. Our Spirit DRIVES our body to do amazing things! Thank You God!
Now I dare to ask how Courageous are you? Often as a Coach this is where my runners, weight loss gals fumble. It's not weakness, it's not lack of understanding or even a lack of commitment. It's FEAR which is exactly what courageous is all about! Courage by all definition means the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain WITHOUT FEAR! As a Christian I value this concept more and more and that is abolishing all fear! Trusting our Lord - our God for he is with us wherever we go! Are you fully trusting? When can do everything through him which gives us strength!
So how would you really know that fear is not stumbling you? Are you convincing you are Brave and Strong yet you continue to cycle through physical, or spiritual plateaus? Just answer one question for me in deep real raw fact "What excuses have you had this week or this month or the past year that has stopped you from really following through? Those excuses are hidden fears! Time to self discover. Do that by talking with your support network, praying, meditating, journaling. Begin to utilize trial and error and pinpointing the exact fear culprit like failure, rejection etc. This can stem from limiting beliefs, low self worth, complanceny or even confusion.
It's all well and good to justify it to ourselves but if you reading this then I know you fully understand that we are NOT fooling God! So don't wait another day or another second it's time to let go of the repeat chapter button in your life and it's time to hit PLAY and we will name this new chapter "Strong & Courageous"
Posted by Connie York