Ever ask yourself when you see someone who seems to be in good shape “how did they get there?” and “how do they sustain that over time?” We hunger for excellence, don’t we? Even if you’re not the most competitive, driven person we still want to be great. When it comes
to staying fit I believe that that same thing is true. The desire for greatness is within every one of us. But it seems to be so hard to achieve any sort of excellence – physically. When I say excellence, I’m not talking about being “shredded” or huge like a bodybuilder on steroids - I’m talking about being physically able and available to do all that God is calling you to in your season of life. But, as we all know, that looks different for everyone. So how can we get there? By having goals. Goals that we are consistent in maintaining our motivation over the long haul. Goals that are achievable yet challenging.
Why does it seem like everyone is always going on diets? Most people are in a constant cycle of going from heavier to lighter, from weaker to stronger, and your metabolism is left trying to catch up with all the changes – the only real result from this cycle is exhaustion and
frustration. The good news is God has so much more for us. We were never created to live in a constant state of striving and hopelessness. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” We were made to get better and better all of our life. We were made… for greatness.
Getting better doesn’t look like lifting more weight or having a smaller waist when you’re 65 years old than when you were 25. It looks like becoming more like Jesus every single day. Why is this relevant? Remember our definition for physical excellence: being physically able and available to do all that God is calling you to in your season of life. We must find our motivation in the life of Jesus. He was the ultimate example of what it looks like to be available and able to do all that the Father was doing. Jesus had to be in pretty decent shape to travel the way that he did. I would love to learn the number of miles that Jesus walked in his lifetime. Travel was hard back in those days and if Jesus wasn’t able to make those journeys then where would you and I be today? What is God calling you to that you need to be able and available for? The fact is, who we behold we become like. If we behold Jesus and seek to live a life like he lived, then our goals will line up with his and our motivation will be in him. This is the way to truly be consistent in greatness. When our goal is to be more like Jesus, we have tapped into the ultimate motivation to get where we need to be physically. Jesus supported greatness in the things that matter.
Look to Him always as you go from Glory to Glory!