I hope this post finds you well on FRIDAY! This week started off dragging and now all of a sudden it's going full steam ahead, which I guess is a good thing! I've been enjoying getting back in the groove more or less, although my heaviest days client-wise were yesterday and today so we'll see how I finish off the week. Green smoothies keep powering me through the day and tried something different today - this green wonder from Allie. I loved it!
I'm enjoying workouts again too - doesn't it feel good to push yourself after a bit of a rest and break?
...how are your missions going this week? Stick with it! Remember that when it comes to change, consistency is key. That's my motto (and I'm sticking to it! - get it? so punny). It's also been good to get back to work, which means home clients before work, a train commute to the gym, and home clients after work.
Speaking of the gym, here's a short FINISHER move you can add to the end of your workouts for a last burn and to really FINISH you off!
Let me know what you think of the 2-move combo and if you give it a shot in your next workout.
On a very different note, I wanted to share some things I've been mulling over this week... Last night I hit the hay thinking about a lot, praying, and crying - but for good reasons! I cry when I'm processing things in life, so it's not necessarily a bad thing, and I was thinking about my family and how much I appreciate them, about Mikey who is in Seattle to speak at a conference right now, and about how thankful I am for the love of God in my life. Tuesday night we listened to a great sermon with our friends and enjoyed a great discussion afterward on the topic of pride (here's a link to the sermon if you're interested in listening online too).
The sermon centers on Hammon from the book of Esther in the Bible and is such a great reminder about the danger and destruction of pride in our lives. It's all throughout the Bible and all throughout our world too, but Tim's perspective and insight into the text hit me in a significant way. I wanted to keep processing my thoughts and hopefully encourage you with truth as I have been reminded of and encouraged with throughout this week.
Tim Keller quotes C.S. Lewis (the author of The Chronicles of Narnia, among many other great books!), whom he considers an expert on pride. Lewis remarks that
“Pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.”
Let that sink in for a bit...and let it hit you where perhaps it needs to. There is no bitterness, no resentment, no frustration with people, regardless of what they have done, when competition and therefore pride are removed. What a life of freedom to live! And yet pride is odorless, colorless, and sneaks into our lives under the guise of either inferiority to others or superiority to others (both are pride). Thinking through this caused me to ask:
How worried am I about what others think of me? About comparing myself to the other trainers at the gym? About comparing myself to other fitness and healthy living bloggers? About being a good wife in the eyes of others?
The root of all those concerns, the root of all sin, is pride. It underlies everything we do, and I hope that more and more I break the hold of pride on my life not by thinking less of myself (often what we think is humility), but by thinking less about me and more about God.
After listening to that sermon I was struck by the last words spoken, written by C.S. Lewis from the same book:
"If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realise that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed."
Wow. Immediately I found myself thinking, "Well I'm not that prideful!" and began comparing myself to others in my mind. Seriously? Was I even listening to the words that I'd just heard? "Very conceited indeed."
I share these rambling thoughts with you not to make you feel down or to convict you (that's never my job anyway!), but to share with you the hope I have in Christ and the hope you can have today that your life doesn't have to be about you...We are God's beloved children, with whom He is well pleased! I am so thankful that through Christ it's not about performance leading to the verdict but God's grace leading to my freedom. It's opposite in Christianity; the verdict is in when you believe: "Now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"! (Romans 8:1) We don't have to live "on trial" but instead are loved and accepted by God, we don't have to live in such a way or do things (or not do things) to fulfill our sense of worth and identity. I am SO thankful for this truth! Think of how much time we'd have for others, how much people will know we care about them genuinely, how much love we will have to give if we're NOT focusing on ourselves and (unknowingly) allowing pride to run our lives.
Blessed self-forgetfulness, humility, self-esteem...we could talk about this for a while. Thanks for letting me share with you; I'm thankful for this space to write about my thoughts, process what God's teaching me, and to share workouts/green recipes and connect with YOU guys!
...any thoughts on pride to share? I know, it's a big (and personal) topic. Try any good workouts yourself this week? Any green foods you can share with me to add to my repertoire?
Keep living well, loving others, and thinking less of yourself; regardless of your beliefs and personal convictions, we could all do with thinking less of ourselves - of this I am sure. Have a great weekend friends!