Sunday, September 28, 2014

Getting a Grip on Grace

One of the most common complaints I hear from clients is the weakness of their wrists when they start lifting weights. 

"Hold on, I need to rest my wrist for a sec," they say. "My grip keeps giving out."

I know this feeling all too well. I encourage them to try to hold it for one more rep, often watching them end the set with a flick of the dumbbells and a gasp of air as they drop the weights on the floor. One of the hurdles to making progress in the gym is strengthening your grip on the dumbbells, so that you strengthen the muscle group(s) you're training.

I'll often give an empathetic nod to my clients like "Ya, I know what it feels like to have your grip give out before your legs do during lunges ..." or some other exercise like that. So, what do you do?

I can't help but relate this weak grip we have on dumbbells to the grip we have on understanding God's grace for us as his children. If we only knew how strong we could be if we relied on his capabilities instead of our own. His power is limitless, and his mercies renew every day. The grace he so freely offers us is truly amazing.

Why do I feel the need to have to plan every little thing and complete every little mundane task on my to-do list in order to feel accomplished? Why do I still struggle with relying on my own power and strength to try to complete my God-ordained calling?

In Pastor Morris' Amazing Grace series, he describes grace as the unmerited, undeserved, unearned gift from God. No matter how hard we work in this life, we will never do anything good enough to receive his grace. If we ever attained anything at the level of "good enough," then his grace wouldn't be so amazing.

I feel like most of us know how good God is, but we just need to be reminded of the grace he shows us in the little moments of life that we tend to think, "It's okay, God. I got this one," — as if God needs our help.

I may be able to work on my strength training and lift a heavy dumbbell every now and then, but I can't carry this burden called life. That's why I have to wake up every day and lay all my anxieties down at the foot of the cross. It's a humbling process, let me tell you — especially for those of us who tend to be performance-driven.

My hope is that my journey inspires just one person to change their mind about Jesus and the price he paid to bring us to a place where we can receive God's grace. Even if it's someone just watching me post scrumptious food porn on Instagram or 20-minute workouts on Youtube. Whatever vessel God uses is good enough for me.

If you or someone you know struggles with receiving grace in the area of health or fitness, don't hesitate to email me or check out the list of services I provide. Don't forget about my latest online health plan, the Fearless and Fit program. I appreciate every like, share, pin and tweet. Blessings!

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