My Heart for Building Muscle…of Our Whole Being

Posted on Aug 27, 2011 in Food and Fitness | 69 comments

Under the umbrella of lavishing love is my passion to help us build muscle. Not just physical muscle, of course, but muscles of our heart, mind and spirit too. Let me first say I am grateful we have a God who is all-sufficient; who provides strength in our weakness, guidance in our confusion, peace and joy in our troubled times. I am thankful because I have been the recipient countless times of the words Jesus spoke to Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). But just because I know God will always be there to help me doesn’t mean I don’t want to become stronger…emotionally, mentally, spiritually, and physically. This is why I am passionate about “strength training” our whole being.

At the gym, strength training is also called resistance training. That‘s because dealing with resistance—such as lifting, pushing, or pulling weight—is precisely what builds strength. I still remember my shock when I learned that resistance training was tearing my muscles! I asked my trainer why this could possibly be a good thing! He graciously explained that the tearing is necessary because it is actually the torn parts coming back together which makes the muscle become bigger and stronger. The new and greater strength comes from the mending, and the mending only occurs because of the tear. I truly had no idea, and I imagine he had no idea of the profound impact that statement would have on the rest of me.

I’m sure you see where I’m going. I think we should carry this truth about physical muscle straight out of the gym and into life, letting it be truth for our heart, mind, and spirit, our very soul. “Resistance” in this world is inevitable—we are all torn or broken in some way at some point—but knowing that the mending of the broken pieces will make us stronger gives us hope for a greater purpose. Jesus said the most important commandment is to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30). Knowing that my trials are leading me toward loving God with stronger parts brings purpose to my pain.

I can’t help but think of what God said about the new temple, “The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house…And in this place I will grant peace” (Haggai 2:9). Scripture tells us that we, too, are His temple (see 1 Corinthians 6:19). Does it not bless you profoundly to know that from the painful tears in our past, present, and even future, God can make something strong, beautiful, and filled with His peace?! Mmm…sounds good to me.

So stay tuned. My desire with this blog is to equip and encourage each one of us to strengthen our physical and spiritual muscles with loving wisdom from God’s Word and with practical information, relevant to our lives today. “One thing God has spoken, two things I have heard: that you, O God, are strong, and that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done” (Psalm 62:11-12). Let’s “do” that which leads to Him. Remember, loving God is our goal. His love is the prize.

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