Cherie knew she wasn’t as strong as she needed to be. Somehow, exercise just never made the top of the to-do list.
One day, she decided to change. She began exercising.
But as she did so, she quickly became discouraged. She couldn’t keep up with the people in the exercise video. Her muscles screamed at her after just half the repetitions. Plus, old injuries began hurting again. Hadn’t she already rehabilitated that knee? Why was it causing problems yet again?
“I just can’t do it,” she moaned to her friend Anna.
Anna’s reply surprised her. “Why, Cherie, did you expect to get fit overnight?”
“Well…” Cherie wasn’t sure how to reply. In a way, she sort of had.
“Cherie, it takes training and work to get strong. Don’t give up just because you’re not instantly fit.”
“Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV