Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Our Personal Trainer

I love watching the Biggest Loser. Each week I get inspired by what I see.

I was particularly impacted me when Bob (the 56 year old Truck Stop owner) weighed in on Sunday. He started talking about the challenge earlier in the week where where the contestants had to run around the Royal Randwick racetrack (or parts of it) 4 times.

On the 4th lap, when his team were behind, he said words to the effect that he had hit a point where "the old Bob just couldn't go any further, there was nothing left in him, it was all over.. but then the new Bob kicked in, got going and finished the race"

It is so inspiring to see these guys dig deep and make significant improvements in their well being. Of course, they couldn't achieve this level of 'success' without their personal trainers, Michelle and Shannon. You can see in the picture, Shannan holding Bob's arms, running stride by stride to get Bob over the line, yelling encouragement, pushing him to keep going and not letting him give up!

Don't we all need a personal trainer in our lives?

Fortunately - we've got one! We've got the ultimate personal trainer - the Holy Spirit.

Westlife are running a series called re-enActs which is all about discovering and releasing the Holy Spirit in our lives.

For all of us, there will be days where we feel like the old Bob and we feel like we can't keep going - perhaps we've had a tragedy we just can't seem to get over, maybe we've have an ongoing disappointment, or maybe the tank is just empty and we're worn out. We just get tired of the fight and don't want to strive anymore.

But that's the perfect time when our personal trainer, the Holy Spirit, kicks into to overdrive and our new "Bob" kicks in.

Isaiah 57 says:

15 A Message from the high and towering God,who lives in Eternity, whose name is Holy: “I live in the high and holy places, but also with the low-spirited, the spirit-crushed, And what I do is put new spirit in them, get them up and on their feet again."

Romans 8:26 "So too the [Holy] Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness.."

Just as Shannon was shuffling stride by stride with Bob to get him over the line, the Holy Spirit does the same for us. In John, Jesus describes the Holy Spirit as our encourager, which also means "one called to the side of another." He is right with us, every step, encouraging us to keep going.

Galatians 5:25 “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” which means we are to walk when He says walk, run when He says run - we can keep going when He says "don't give up - let's keep going".

Our personal trainer, the Holy Spirit is always by our side, holding us up, running with us stride by stride - yelling encouragement at us, urging us to keep going, keep giving, to dig deeper - and finish the race.

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