Posted on March 26 2017
We all have those moments when we feel like just quitting. Sure, they vary from person to person. One of us may just feel like giving up on our diet because that chocolate donut looks like the most beautiful thing he's ever seen, another may be watching her life fall apart around her and thinking of giving up altogether. Yet another may be stuck in his gym progress and feel like even showing up is becoming a waste of time.
But regardless of the level at which we are experiencing it, we are being tempted to give in to one of our most basic desires: comfort. We want things to be easy. We want maximum return for minimal effort. Life is not easy. Hence, our temptation to give up.
Now don't get me wrong here, I know some of us have experienced more than our share of suffering. I am not here to tell you to "get over it," I'm here to tell you there's hope.
When things go bad, our first hope is in Jesus. This sounds right if you're feeling like your life is falling apart, but may sound a bit strange if you are just stuck on your bench press. Yet this perceived difference betrays our misunderstanding of the Gospel. Our relationship with Jesus must be the center of everything that we do. It affects every area of our lives. If we have trusted in Him, then we are not only forgiven of all our wrongs, but also loved and even liked by God. He wants us close to Him. We can have the hope and energy in Christ to get back up and try again because we know it is right and because we know He has a plan. When we follow God's Word, and are in the center of what He tells us to do in it, then we can move forward with confidence. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us "No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
With that truth as your foundation, here are three practical things you can do to help get back on track.
1. Sleep! This is such an underrated thing in our society that tells us that if we aren't ridiculously busy at all times, then we aren't being very productive. When you are well rested you not only perform better, but you have more resolve. Being tired makes everything more emotional, including failure.
2. Share your struggles. We have a tendency to think that we are alone and that we are somehow dumber, weaker, or less capable than everyone else. It's simply not true, and when you find a good community of believers who are willing to share the burden with you, it goes a long way toward seeing the truth. Remember, "no temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man."
3. Dial in your workouts and nutrition: Set your goals and strive to reach them. Did you run a mile in 10 minutes last week? Shoot for 9:50 this week. Did you deadlift 135 last week for 4 reps? Try for 5 reps this week. You'd be amazed at the psychological boost these little victories can give you. With your nutrition, try to clean it up. Eat foods with less ingredients. Your body and mind will thank you.
If you remember who you are in Jesus and rest in Him, get enough rest, find a transparent group to share with, and improve your nutrition and exercise even a little, you'll be well on your way to a life of hope.
Guest Blogger - Brandon Woodruff