Thursday, August 27, 2009

Do what you couldn’t/wouldn’t do.

Doing something, you couldn't/wouldn't do before.

Doing something, you couldn't/wouldn't do before is less about amounts, distances, or numbers and more about percentages. It is also more than facing ones fears. It is pressing forward, even if that forwardness is a very slight percentage increase.

I officially started running Sunday evening. It lasted one step, and was followed by two shuffle steps. With severe back issues, it was my limit. I asked for and received prayer in our prayer group on Wednesday. Part of my faith heritage is after praying about something, one is to do something, they couldn't/wouldn't do before. What I couldn't do is not only run, but lay down flat on my back on a hard surface. I had purchased a DVD and book on Pilates and the first level is laying flat on one's back in a particular way. So, by faith, I eased myself down onto my back. It was very painful, but not as painful as it was a week ago. Under my wife's watchful eye, I attempted successfully to lie down on the floor and stay there for 15 minutes. Also under my wife's watchful eye, I slowly eased myself to my feet. It was a slow, unimpressive start, but it was something, I couldn't do a week prior. It was followed by a six mile bike ride and some more stretches, all the while praying in the spirit, and asking God to help me do something, I couldn't/wouldn't do before.

When I got into the office it translated into tackling some unpleasant tasks as well as new ones that I couldn't/wouldn't do before. These slight percentage gains in doing what couldn't or wouldn't be done is part of the human journey. It hinders the future, when one remembers how easy something used to be, or how easy it seems for others to do. It could be a call to a relative, or friend, to reconnect. It could be a call to a lost account, or absent person from a group you are a part of. It could be a health goal, emotional goal, spiritual goal, financial goal, or anything.

One should also, not compare their progress to others. The instructor of the Pilates very easily, could lay flat in a perfect Pilate position, without grimacing. These instructors/mentors/coaches/pastors in our lives can frustrate instead of encourage if one compares themselves to them. There are people in my circle of friends that have reached such high levels of fitness, whether financial fitness, or spiritual life fitness, or emotional life fitness that it is tempting, to just compliment them, and dismiss the possibility, that one could slowly but steadily progress to excellent health, financial, emotional, mental and spiritual fitness.

A scripture that helps do something one couldn't/wouldn't do before:

Php 3:12 I have not yet reached my goal, and I am not perfect. But Christ has taken hold of me. So I keep on running and struggling to take hold of the prize.

Php 3:13 My friends, I don't feel that I have already arrived. But I forget what is behind, and I struggle for what is ahead.

Php 3:14 I run toward the goal, so that I can win the prize of being called to heaven. This is the prize that God offers because of what Christ Jesus has done. (CEV)


Prayer: Lord, help me humbly ask for prayer/help/grace/mentoring in situations and relationships that I couldn't/wouldn't do. Help me do my part, and take a step forward, even it is one, followed by a few shuffle steps.


  1. Great thought Craig. I'm glad your voice is finding an outlet.

  2. Thanks for mentoring me through this process. You are a gift (a good one).