This is one of the proudest moments of my life, the day I became a Spartan 💪🏾. I trained hard and I lost nearly 30 pounds to get ready for this race. At this particular time in my life (2018), I was determined to prove to myself that I was good enough, that I was worthy.
Fast forward to the present, I am 9 months postpartum from having my son and losing this baby weight was a trip 😩. Why? Because this time around, I’ve dedicated myself to getting this temple of God (my body) all the way together (1Corinthian 6:19-20).
There’s no self improvement, there’s no EX to make jealous, there’s no event or race I want to conquer, it’s simply just worshipping God with my body by keeping it healthy.
When I dedicated my weight loss to self it was easy, because I had so much to prove. I disciplined myself to win. But when I dedicated my weight loss to living my life in alignment with God’s word it seemed like my body was against me. I couldn’t keep myself from eating, I made every excuse to continue to feed my desires even when I didn’t really want to. It was a constant struggle mentally and physically.
Then I came to understand that in this season, my body IS actually against me. As I continue to pursue the will of God, my body is in direct opposition in a defiance to the things of God. In the book of Romans, Chapter 8, it goes into detail on how our flesh is in constant war with the Spirit of God.
It doesn’t want to submit, it doesn’t want to relinquish control. The struggle is real 💯. The more I began to understand it, the more I realized that this war won’t be won in the gym this time. It will be won by drawing nearer to God.
Paul said it best in 1 Timothy 4:8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.”
For those of you who may be seeking God’s will in this season of your life, you’re fasting, praying, reading your word but you’re struggling in a variety of ways that go beyond food… stay on course, just know that you are not alone, keep pressing in! Don’t give up! The flesh is doing what it’s always done, don’t stop pursuing the will of God. The person you are going to become spiritually and physically is greater than you’ve ever imagined. You will be able to subdue and have dominion over your body as you continue to strengthen your Spirit. It’s the ultimate core training. Keep up the good fight of faith! The victory is in your endurance and perseverance! ✨💙