JOURNEY TO PURPOSE - Day 16 - CONSIDER THE JOY

Declare – In my journey to purpose, I will not grow weary and lose heart. I will be joyous! I will fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorned its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2-3

What will help you endure? The joy that is set before you! Consider the exhilaration of knowing you will fulfill your purpose and complete the work God has called you to do. Christ is our perfect example. It was for the joy of fulfilling what He came to this earth to do, that He endured such grievous opposition and bore His cross. Fulfilling your destiny should not be a burden. Consider the joy set before you (What is it?), lest you grow weary and faint in your mind.

Committed to Workout!

Last night (Well this morning. I’m a late night, overnight person. Most days, I don’t go to bed until the sun comes up.), as I laid down to sleep, I made myself a promise. It was a promise I make to myself every night just as I end the day. I vowed to start an exercise routine. So, when I woke up this morning, after I checked my messages and emails, I started to draw a bath. I then remembered my vow only 4 hours ago when I laid down. I WILL START EXERCISING TOMORROW! So, I changed into my workout clothes and slowly made my way to my garage, slash workout room, slash library. It had been about 2 years since my home make-over, where we transformed my garage into a workout room with the help of NordicTrack. They graciously supplied my workout room with a treadmill, an elliptical and a stationary bike. I had no excuse for not working out, other than… well, laziness. I used to blame not working out on not having equipment readily available to me in my home. I hate to admit that I’ve had this equipment for 2 years now and I haven’t worked out 10 times! One of my business partners in Memphis has been begging me to give him my elliptical because he is gaining weight to the detriment of his health. He says he would work out IF he had equipment in his home. Well, I know better. He thinks I’m hard-lining him when I ask him if he would let not having an elliptical cause him to gain weight and put his health in jeopardy. I do know one thing, when you’re ready to do something, nothing will stop you. When you’re not ready, anything will prevent you.

Finally, 2 weekends ago, a friend and I built bookshelves in my garage/workout room to house my many books and to give me a library. I thought then, my room will really be complete and I’ll have no excuse to not work out. But I still did not workout. As I said, when you’re ready to do something, nothing will stop you. When you’re not ready, anything, or even nothing, will prevent you.

So, this morning, I made my way to the workout room. I only like the treadmill, so I decided to work it for an hour. As I started the first minute on speed 1, I prepared my mind for the long-haul. What would I think about? What would keep me occupied for one hour? I decided not to use music this morning. I wanted to concentrate and meditate while working out. As the treadmill increased speed to 3 miles an hour, I found a spot on the wall directly in front of me and focused. This was a good speed. Not too fast, not too slow. I could stay here for a while. I pictured myself starting the new season of The Deborah Interviews Show in tip-top shape; mentally, spiritually and physically. I pictured myself walking onto the set, not trying to hide parts of my body that I was uncomfortable with (my midsection and my arms). I pictured myself being able to wear a sleeveless shirt (I don’t wear sleeveless anything in public. I don’t like my arms. They are former muscular now not not-so-muscular gymnastics arms). I pictured myself wearing a fitted shirt that met my pants right at the midriff, with no flab. I was liking this… the new me. Physically fit.

The first 20 minutes of the preprogrammed routine went by pretty fast. But it was slowing down. I wanted to keep going, to be consistent, so I changed the machine to manual and set the pace to 3 miles an hour. My goal, 40 minutes of nonstop running! Oh my, now what would I think about? A friend and employee immediately came to mind as inspiration. Martha Mitchell. Martha would run 10 miles a day 7 days a week. Her body was 0% fat. I pictured Martha, running. I wonder what she thought about every day, rain or sunshine, when she’d set out to run her 10 miles.

There was a time when I was in shape like Martha. During my cheerleading years in high school and college as I taught cheerleading for NCA. Every summer when we’d weigh in, my body fat was almost null! I was in tip-top shape. I was now my own inspiration. 10 of the 40 minutes passed by quickly. I was running consistently at 3 miles an hour. I thought… this is the way I want my life to be. Consistent in every area. I started to feel the rhythm of my run… thump, thump, thump, thump, thump. It felt good. I looked at the clock. I was 15 minutes in on a 40-minute run. My mind started to wonder if I would make it. I tried to keep my eyes off the time and get my mind back on the potential physical results of my efforts, but I was losing concentration, thinking about the long 25 minutes ahead of me. I thought about Peter in the Bible. How as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus, he was walking on water. As soon as he looked down, he fell. I was looking down. “Concentrate. Concentrate.” I could do it! I had to get my mind back on what was important. I looked again at the time on the treadmill. I had reached 20 minutes, 1 mile. “Come on. You can do it,” I told myself. I was losing it, in my mind. I was giving up. “NO! Keep going!” Too late! My mind had already given up the fight. I stopped the treadmill at 22 minutes in. Not because my physical body had given out, but because I had given up in my mind. I am reminded where the battle is. In our minds.

Day 16 in my book, Journey To Purpose, sums my morning workout experience up perfectly.

Day 16 – CONSIDER THE JOY
Declare – In my journey to purpose, I will not grow weary and lose heart. I will be joyous! I will fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of my faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorned its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:2-3

What will help you endure? The joy that is set before you! Consider the exhilaration of knowing you will fulfill your purpose and complete the work God has called you to do. Christ is our perfect example. It was for the joy of fulfilling what He came to this earth to do, that He endured such grievous opposition and bore His cross. Fulfilling your destiny should not be a burden. Consider the joy set before you (What is it?), lest you grow weary and faint in your mind.

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