“A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber…” – Proverbs 24
It’s 5 am, and you’re still in bed? If this was “the army” you’d be on the floor. Get up soldier, pray for strength, and make your bed. The only place we can truly thrive is beyond our comfort zone.
We have to do the work, put in EFFORT, and sweat a little as we go through the labor pains of life. God designed it this Way to strengthen us. I’ve seen it happen to many men and woman.
I’ve seen how hard work turns a boy into a man, and how childbirth awakens something deep within a young woman. We have been blessed with the Spirit of Christ to walk through pain.
As it is written, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food, and in pain you will bring forth children.” – God
STEP 1: DO THE WORK
As it is written, “We rejoice in our suffering, knowing our suffering produces endurance, which produces Godly character.”
The world paints a picture for all of us of what’s desirable, and whether that’s a white picket fence, or six pack abs, it’s irrelevant. What is relevant however is that we learn to accept the responsibilities associated with having those desires.
If you want to be a wealthy man, you will need to build something valuable, and that’s hard work. If you want to be a mother, you will have to carry your baby for more than 9 months. You will need to clean up after your children for most of your life; and that’s hard work.
Responsibility is not a word we like much. But the first thing God did when He made man was to give Adam a responsibility. God has already given you and me that same responsibility, to be responsible stewards of our talents, and His creation.
Whether we asked for it is irrelevant, because choosing to throw all responsibility out the window is also choosing to deny what you know is good and true. Not caring sounds great, but it is destructive by nature.
STEP 2: LISTEN TO CHRIST
“Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” – Mark 10:18
I’ve come to learn from my walk with other Christians that no one is as good as they think they are. This “world” has infected a generation with the idea that they are better than others (non-believers). We should always keep in mind that we were once blind, and some still are.
“Many will say ‘Lord, Lord’, but I will say depart from Me, I never knew you.”
Staying close to God, close to Jesus, and in tune with His Words, will lead you through darkness. As it is written, “The Word of God is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path”. That means outside that light there is darkness. This World is designed to manipulate and control us.
Most young men and woman who start their bodybuilding journey need to train and focus on nourishing their bodies for at least 8 – 10 years before they can step on stage. Muscle maturity takes a lot of time and that’s why so many take shortcuts – Shortcuts won’t be blessed by God.
Bodybuilding for Christ is here to invite born again members into a cohesive relationship that’s unified by mutual respect and faith. When we approach anything in this way, we can accomplish great feats of strength, just look at the tower of Babel. Go look at what God said.
This means if we envision this platform that supports 10 000 believers who are committed to work with Bodybuilding for Christ, then it’s possible if everyone speaks the same language, and if everyone is on the same page. We are here to coach the rich, and to serve the poor.
As it is written, “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” – 2 Corinthians 9
STEP 3: HAVE A VISION
Jesus said, “Anything is possible to the one who believes.”
People from all walks of life, with all kinds of talents thank God for making their dreams a reality. If you know in your heart you can do this thing, whatever it might be, and you commit to it for 10+ years, you can move mountains. Jesus believes you can, so should you.
Think about that this week. You have the capacity to do something. Isn’t that amazing? You have the free will to get your ass off the couch, and do 10 push ups. What’s more amazing is the fact that if you did 10 focused reps today, you would get stronger, and next week you might manage 14 reps.
Your brain has the same capacity. The capacity to learn, and even the capacity to choose to believe in God. Cherish your brain, nourish your brain, and detoxify your brain. “Set your mind on the things above”, and not on the irrelevant things of this world. Then you will learn to thrive and live without limiting thoughts.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now? How do you see yourself? What responsibilities will you embrace to move your mountains? Patience and perseverance. That’s hard work. Getting a muscle pump and looking good in the mirror is not. Let’s do this God’s Way.
TRUST THE TRAINER
Learning to be disciplined early on will create a solid foundation on which you can build a beautiful temple body (sacred & holy). When you embrace this fitness journey with a positive attitude, you win. Burning fat is actually an act of worship (Leviticus 3:16) according to the Bible. So, pray before you train.
It’s a sweet-smelling aroma.