“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes it is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher
The root word in the word encourage is courage. The anonym or opposite of encourage is discourage. Is your attitude while exercising encouraging or discouraging? The first step to success in exercise is your attitude.
I remember several months back as I was recovering from a long term injury, one of my personal trainer friends called me to see how I was doing and encourage me. She knew I was a bit down because my performance level had dropped. It was a Sunday afternoon and I had just completed a six mile trail walk/jog. Prior to the injury, I could have easily finished this course in an hour or so, but this day it was closer to two hours. As I was on my way home with my head hanging, I made up my mind to change the discouragement to encouragement.
How do I encourage myself to get the most out of me? How do I keep my courage level pumped up? How do I encourage thyself?
- 2 Corinthians 10:5 “…bring into captivity every thought to thedisobedience to Christ.” The voice in my head tells me, “You should be doing better by now.” or “Why don’t you just wait and start over Monday?” I take those thoughts from the enemy of my good health into captivity and cast them out or they will take me into captivity. Those thoughts are not the way my Father in heaven talks to me about my health and exercise. He would never tell me to wait or that I am not working up to par. The way my Father talks to me about my workout is very edifying and encouraging. If it isn’t edifying, it isn’t God! Take it captive.
- Genesis 1, God looked at each day of the new creation and said, It is good.
- I workout and eat healthy, I do just like my Father in heaven did at the end of each day; I look at my new creation of the healthier me and say “It is good.” I feel good about this day. I strive to make every segment of my day good. Imitate your Father.
- Acts 17:28 says, In Him we live and MOVE and have our being. It encourages me and motivates me to be able to move my joints, muscles, and body for the Lord.
- In Acts 2:9 …They were all in one accord. Find people that are like minded with your health and fitness endeavors to encourage you. Fellowship mentally and spiritually with healthy input through healthy magazines, television shows, and healthy, fit friends.
You are one of God’s unique creations. He is the …Glory and the lifter of my head. Psalms 3:3 Lift your spirits and encourage yourself in the Lord. Dr. Seuss says, “There is no one alive who is more you than you.”
Scriptures from King James version unless otherwise noted.
Beverly Henson is a conference and rally speaker for the First Place ministry. She is also a Bible teacher and certified personal trainer. Beverly joined First Place in July 1997 and has lost 160 pounds. First Place has given Beverly a powerful testimony. She is the First Place Director and the Director of Wellness Ministries at Northcrest Baptist Church in Meridian, MS. She is also an area Networking Leader for First Place in Mississippi. Beverly has a genuine love of proclaiming the word of God to His people.