It’s weird how people with the smallest problems or better yet, inconveniences, make the biggest excuses for why they can’t do or achieve certain things. Have you ever noticed the people who face the biggest issues and adversities where everyone would understand if they quit, gave up, or made excuses, usually never make excuses and they always get it done?
Quitting for people with major hardships is not an option. But on the other end of the spectrum there are those who have it easy who struggle to accomplish anything that takes hard work. I have had friends that are very well off financially, live at home, do not buy their own grocery’s, don’t have any bills to pay, have all the time in the world and a very easy lifestyle but just can’t stick to a diet or training routine. They claim “It’s too hard!”. On the other hand I have had two female clients who were single mothers, working multiple jobs, going to school full time and get the best results of their lives and lose 50+ pounds. They are dedicated and quitting is not an option. They will always work harder than anybody else, why? I have always asked myself this question. Why are people that are set up for success, fail? And people who are set up to fail, succeed?
James 1:2 says “Brothers consider it all joy when you encounter various trials…” Some people can handle it, while others can’t. “…Because you know the testing of your faith produces patience, let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Trials make you stronger, no way to get around it. These people like the single mother have a greater capacity to handle trials and experience perseverance. I used to joke with other people that I liked to train legs with women because women are bred to endure the pain of child birth so they have a naturally higher pain threshold than men, and when they want to, they can push themselves harder than men. Why? Because they can endure a lot, which we as men will never experience. I have never given birth to a child and praise the Lord I don’t have to, and never will.
If you never experience trials, God can’t continue to do his perfect work in you. I like to think of us as lumps of coal. How do you turn a lump of coal into a diamond? It needs to experience a lot of heat and a lot of pressure. God is refining us through the fire to make us perfect and complete diamonds, lacking nothing. So we need pressure, and we need heat in our lives.
I have plenty of reasons to give up on bodybuilding; Crohn’s disease, Degenerative disks that have fused together causing tons of lower back pain, have a fractured wrist, broke my hand at the beginning of my prep, overall joint pain, sleep 4-5 hours a night (if I’m lucky) and yet I never once made an excuse as to why I can’t prep for a show. I live a healthy lifestyle, I spend my free time helping out at church or a church like activity 3-4 days a week. I make time. It’s not an option, and you should make time too. Don’t tell God how big your trials are, tell your trials how big your God is, and remember, you will be better for it. Life’s not a cake walk, and it shouldn’t be. If it were easy, everybody would do it.
-Conquer the Flesh