Keep showing up
"We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.” | 2 Corinthians 4:8
I was halfway through my first work out at 9 Round, a kickboxing themed fitness program. Completely out of breath (and overly dramatic) I looked at the trainer and said “I can’t do this. I’m dying.” His response wasn’t what I expected to hear.
“You’re not dying. You still have a smile on your face.”
Immediately I felt God say “Kenzie, the same is true for your life. You may be experiencing pain, but you’re not dying. You still have joy and I have filled you with the strength you need to make it through this difficult time in your life. Keep showing up.”
You know those seasons where it takes every bit of energy just to get out of bed in the morning?
That’s where I was the day I walked into that kickboxing gym nine months ago.
Walking into the doors, I told myself, “If I walk out of here feeling like I’m going to die, I’ll join.”
After months of struggling and feeling defeated every single day, God kept whispering to me over and over again “Just show up. Even if it’s hard. Show up anyway."
I’ve never been a very athletic person, (that’s a story for another day) but let’s just say the fact that I joined a gym, let alone a kickboxing gym was the farthest things from my comfort zone.
Yet I knew this was the very place God wanted me.
While I was sitting around waiting for my circumstances to change, God was waiting for me to make the first move.
He was waiting for me to show up.
This simple discipline of learning to show up not only brought a breakthrough in my walk with the Lord but also in my fitness life.
Nine months later and working out is now something I enjoy and a habit in my life, and it all started by one small decision to just show up.
What do you need to show up for in your life right now?
Don’t wait until your circumstances change.
Don’t wait until it’s easy.
Don’t wait until the “right time”
The breakthrough you’re waiting on is waiting for you.
It’s waiting for you to show up.
In James 1:2-4 it reads:
"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”
“Consider it an opportunity for great joy.”
This means that when you’re feeling pressured, you can experience joy. That applies to working out, and your spiritual walk. When you work out, you tear down muscles, but there’s satisfaction in the middle of that pain because you know that results will come. Those torn muscles will build new and stronger ones.
The same is true for your walk with Christ. When you're going through a hard season, you can have joy and satisfaction in knowing that the pain is an opportunity for growth.
Keep showing up, it will be worth it in the end.