A patient man has great understanding, but a quick-tempered man displays folly.
One of the most common reasons people give up on exercise is a lack of immediate results. It takes time for change to take place in our bodies. Developing patience with and proficiency in the area of exercise may be one of the biggest challenges for us, but it is well worth the effort.
I recall one dear lady in my class in Charleston, South Carolina, who had decided she was going to work diligently at her commitment to exercise. She walked faithfully every day for one week, and when she got on the scale to see how much weight she had shed, she had stayed the same. She immediately began to cry and said, “It’s no use—I am just going to quit. I won’t be back next week.”
We all have had the same experience. I gently reminded her that the scale cannot measure everything that is going on in her body. It can only measure what she has on—her bones, blood, skin, and major organs. Furthermore, it takes time for our bodies to really get in shape, more than just one week! It’s not reasonable to think that the weight we put on in one year can all come off in a matter of weeks. I encouraged her to be patient with herself, gain some understanding about the human body, and remain faithful. She did, and she lost more than 40 pounds in two sessions! How foolish we are when we forget that success is in the process!
I am reminded that it takes time in all four areas in my life—mental, emotional, physical and spiritual—for my life to change, and I praise God that He is not quick-tempered and impulsive with me!
Prayer: Dear God, grant me this day patience and understanding from Your Holy Spirit, and keep me from impulsive foolishness!
First Place 4 Health National Director
Edisto Island, South Carolina