Tuesday, September 23, 2008

switching gears.


He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control.
Philippians 3:21

This morning I played around with the gears a bit on my bike, which made my daily trip around the lake really, really hard. When I got home, my legs were wobbly and I was panting like I used to when I first started this crazy morning routine. I kept wanting to slip back into the easier gear so badly, as I was struggling up the teensy little inclines, wondering why on earth I thought I chose to switch gears in the first place. Then I remember how frustrated I have been that I haven't lost even one pound in weeks, and that changing things up is the only way to push some change.

I realized that this is the way I live my life. I want so much to do only the things that I am comfortable doing, and when there is the slight resistance, I want to slip back into my old routines. No struggle, no risk, no pain. However, I know that if I want to grow as a Christian, I can't just do things that I know how to do, that I feel safe doing, that I've always done. I have to take chances, I have to switch gears, I have to switch it up. There's only one way to do that...

Father God,
I ask that you show me the areas where you'd like to make change in my life.
Don't let me resist You, don't let me allow fear of discomfort to limit You.
Instead, I hand the gears over to You right now. I'm releasing the brakes.
I can't wait to see what You have planned.
I want to grow into the girl You created me to be.
In Your Matchless Name,
Amen

12 comments:

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

Great post! I needed to read this today.

Hope you are well, friend.

Growin' with it! said...

this post was very meaningful for me. thank you!!!

Emily said...

I'm ALWAYS having to switch gears, and my lack of glut. muscles shows that I'm not that great at it. :)

ibdawnk said...

I NEEDED TO HEAR THIS TODAY...THANKS!

Gayle @ thewestiecrew said...

Oh my word, are you inside my brain?!

We have been so much on the same page lately, you know...well except for the exercise thing. Your on your own there, girl. :D

Becky said...

SOooo true!

I don't even get as far as riding the bike. I sit on the seat, deem it uncomfortable, and park it again.

*sigh*

I need to get on the bike and GO.

Ian said...

I see your comments on some of the blogs I read so I decided to pop on over here. I'm glad I did too, this is a great post! Thank you for inspiring me today :)

-Laura

Genny said...

Daily trip around the lake...sounds wonderful! Great post, and so true.

care-in said...

Great word picture...so needed!

Alana said...

Well, if you've read my blog lately, you know I get you on this!!

Jenn said...

A post I needed to read! Thanks for sharing it with us.

How did praying go last Sunday after church?

Gretchen said...

Thanks for the great reminder and the fantastic prayer. May it be mine, too.