These have been my mantras of late:
- Fight through the pain.
- Soreness is weakness leaving your body.
- It doesn’t matter where you start; It’s where you finish that counts.
- I may be slow, but I’m faster than everyone still sitting on the couch.
And my favorite motivational phrase (thanks to Becki who found the t-shirt) is Suck it up Buttercup!
Over the last twelve weeks I have been on a journey of pain, soreness, competition, and learning about myself.
As a result, I am healthier, fitter and more fully engaged in a long-term transformation procedure. (Not where I want to be yet, but getting there…)
They call it Fitness Bootcamp.
I call it a desire to live better.
(Huge shoutout to Paul Lacoste, Clark Bruce & team at Paul Lacoste Sports–these are the guys to work with, hands down!)
I am not the first to do such a thing.
I will not be the last.
Actually, I am already signed up for another go!
(Good gracious, who was the chucklehead who invented burpees?)
This weight loss, get-in-shape, be healthier process is a lot like life. Christianity itself calls for perseverance and running the race with determination and endurance.
1 Corinthians 9:24, Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize.
And so we run and train spiritually all the while knowing:
- There will be detours.
- There will be roadblocks.
- There will be difficult competition.
- There will be temptations to take shortcuts.
- There will be pain.
- There will be soreness.
- And there will be days when you will desperately need the attitude and demeanor that says Suck it up Buttercup.
But no matter how hard life gets…
No matter how difficult this world can be…
No matter what tribulations come, we serve a God who tells us quite clearly that He has this!
Romans 8:35-39, Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
So do me a favor. If you see me struggling—if you catch me wallowing—then not so gently please remind me, Suck it up buttercup!
Blessings to you and yours,
Les Ferguson, Jr.
Madison/ Ridgeland, MS