B.A.M, Pain, and Jesus

img_5144It’s tough to get out of bed at 4:30am to make it to my 5 o’clock exercise class. On top of that, there are mornings like today when it takes everything I have just to keep going. But I love it. The feeling, the pain, sweat dripping, rapid heart rate, and even the red face. And I love the women I see each morning, all adorned in their natural God-given beauty with determination in their eyes.

B.A.M. Body and More Fitness. There’s a reason for the name as we work on our bodies, minds, and spirits. On Friday’s, they play for us “Jesus Jams.” It’s my favorite day and one of the many reasons I’ve grown to love going.

On my way home this morning, I was thinking about how much it hurt as I was pushing through the tough workout. It seemed to be tougher than a typical Friday. I thought about the music that was played and that I didn’t get an opportunity to really listen to the words like I normally do. I was too caught up in how much I hurt and was just trying to keep going. 

Isn’t that how it is in life sometimes? When we are in a painful season, we focus so much on the pain that sometimes we don’t take the time to focus on Jesus. We may know He’s there, in the background somewhere, but all we can do is feel pain. In 2 Corinthians 2:16-18, Paul writes, “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”

The pain of an exercise class is temporary, just like the pain of what you may be going through right now. But we have a God we can fix our eyes on and know that it will not last forever! You will notice as you shift your focus from your pain to Jesus and the peace He gives, the pain will be more manageable. And until the day He wipes away your every tear for eternity, you can have confidence that He is renewing your spirit, making you whole, and will walk beside you every step of the way.
There are gains my body will make because of the pain of working out. It breaks down my muscles and when they rebuild, are stronger than before. The same is true of the pain you may feel in your life today. Keep your eyes on Jesus, let Him break down the things in your life that may need rebuilt, and see how much stronger you will become in Him!

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