Proverbs 24: 16
for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.
The more you do the more you can do! I so believe this and, of course, the opposite is true as well! The less you do the less you can do. I think this principle holds true in all sorts of situations, not just exercising.
For example: Because of my brain tumors, I’ve had periods of time when it was hard for me to focus or concentrate for long periods of time. Not so good if you’re writer like me. During those times, I created what I call my “50 word club.” I would force myself to write at least 50 words on a new story. Sometimes that’s all I could write but the more I was faithful to doing that the more I could write. Sometimes it would be 100 words and then it might be 10 minutes of writing which led to 15 and 20 minutes. The more you do… the more you can do.
Another example: Eating healthy is something we should all strive for, but it’s really hard (almost impossible) to one day change your eating habits so… Take it one step at a time. When you go out to eat, make a choice to not finish the whole meal since restaurant portions are out of control. Make a choice to eat more vegetables–2 or 3 servings at your main meal. Neither of these are all that hard to do. Each new habit you make gets you closer to your goal of eating healthier on a regular basis. The more you do…
Another example: You may or may not be a procrastinator. I didn’t use to be but since the brain tumors, I’m most definitely one. And a really bad habit that I want to change. So how do I do that? I’ve started making a goal of doing one thing I don’t want to do every day. At the moment, I can’t say I do it every day but at least 3-4 days and that means less procrastination and more things getting done around my house. The more you do…
Last example: Back to exercising! We should want to be as healthy as we can at any and every age; and to do that we need to be more physical beings. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a couch potato so I know what I speak of but the more you do…. I will never run a marathon but that doesn’t mean I can’t get in better shape. And it doesn’t have to cost anything to do it. Take more walks; if you work out 30 minutes, try 40 minutes; or if you watch a lot of TV (like me), get up and move during the commercials. Remember the more you do…
At this point you may be saying, “so what does this have to do with God?” John 10: 10 says, “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The King James Version says to have it more abundantly. God wants us to have a full life–an abundant life, but life has a way of knocking us down. Proverbs 24: 16 tells us that righteous my fall but they rise again.
How to do that?
The more you do… the more you can do.
YOUR TURN: Share an example from your life where this principle worked. Thanks!
God Bless & Good Reading!