Sunday, March 10, 2013

FAITH


Hi! :D My spirit feasted today at church. :D And being a new developing tri-athlete I tend to apply what I am learning to the area of training. It is all just way too cool to keep to myself, so here I am! :D

Lesson 5 – The Grand Destiny of the Faithful

I loved how this lesson started out. The first impression made to me was of how Elisha, the teacher talked about how she and her husband look at their children in awe of how much their children have inherited traits and capabilities from them. “Look, he has your ---“ Wow, she does X just like you do!” Elisha then pointed out that we adults have also inherited traits and capabilities – not only from our earthly parents but also from our spirit parents. As I listened to these words, my eyes were drawn to the writing on the board…

“Because we have divinity within us, we can become like our father in heaven.”

I felt a tremendous testimony growing within me during this lesson. A testimony that  Heavenly Father has great things in store for me and that I have great capabilities which I can realize and become, if I will but heed the promptings of the spirit and DO the things which the lord calls me to do. The spirit has grown within me today a testimony that I am so much more than I realizeas are ALL of God’s children…

One of the things which Elisha reminded us was that we need to “cultivate an ambition.”

As she mentioned it I thought of the many times in which I have gone to an old journal and read that I was excited to develop a talent or learn or do something. As I read these words, I would sometimes sadly acknowledge that the ambition faded away and was never accomplished. I also remembered though, that there have been ambitions which I have slowly cultivated by acting/doing something to make something happen. Like the ambition to be a tri-athlete. Last spring, I went to the pool three days a week for three months so I could learn to put my face in the water and swim. I diligently swam, ran, and eventually biked (I only biked for two months – but I did it). Because I ACTED this ambition grew, and the ambition to participate in triathlons became a reality…

One of the greatest moments during that lesson was the moment in which I related these principles to my athletic training. In addition to what I have already reflected upon regarding my training, another analogy came to mind which greatly inspires me! :D

I thought of how running faster or farther than we are used to running is like taking up the challenge to do something in life which we have never done before. THIS TAKES FAITH. WE have to get ourselves to DO something without any evidence that we are capable. We have to get out of our comfort zones to do it. We don’t even KNOW if we can do it, we only HOPE. We are acting on faith, not knowledge; THIS IS a CHALLENGE.

When I run faster than I am used to running, it can be incredibly strenuous and challenging. I can assure you – it is NOT a comfortable feeling, and I don’t know how long I can keep going…There is a little voice which can be heard to say, “You know, if you just slowed down and walked for just a few seconds this would be a lot easier.” But then another voice reminds me, “Yes, it would be easier, but do you really need to slow down? How will you even know what you are capable of? And how will you ever grow and improve, if you make it easier?”

Another question entered my mind as I sat in that meeting today… What if we know the effort to accomplish something is worth it, but just don’t know if we can do it?

A runner who pushes past her current comfort zone will experience the feeling of tremendous challenge. Her legs may be fatigued by lack of nutrients, especially lack of oxygen; it may be difficult just to breathe. But her body will prepare her for the next run. It will create for her additional avenues for a greater supply of nutrients and oxygen for the next run. Yes, her body will actually create for her more veins. Her heart will become more efficient at pumping blood, pumping in greater supply than it did before so oxygen is delivered in much faster rate, thus making it much easier to breathe and making it possible for her legs to get the oxygen they need so they won’t get so fatigued. Her lungs will improve their capacity to carry oxygen to the tissues. Therefore, each time she challenges her comfort zone, her ability to perform will again increase and her comfort zone will be lengthened, until that same run actually becomes quite comfortable and even incredibly enjoyable.

As we continue on, again and again, WE ARE BLESSED WITH GREATER ABILITY THAN BEFORE. With the same effort and exertion as before, we find ourselves going further and faster. We even continue to progress even when we don’t realize it…

Now – let’s switch gears from the challenge of running - to simply doing things in life which are challenging…

Think of something which you feel you need to do, but don’t know how you will ever do it. Is there a job or command you have been given which seems impossible to you? Hold that thought in your mind as you consider this…

Remember the new runner. Imagine a brand new runner being told by her father that he wants her to run a marathon. Now she has only run between 1-2 miles at a time ever. Is it possible for her to run a marathon? Is it even possible for her to enjoy it?  Is it possible for her to run it without being injured and at great speed? Not on her first run – no. And that is what the negative voice of doubt would use to deceive her into believing the lie that it will never be possible for her.

However, the lord knows what we are capable of. He asks different things of each of us according to our abilities, desires, and life missions; a kind and loving father would never ask his son or daughter to do something he or she is not capable of… He knows that if she has faith that she can do what He asks her to do, then she will act on that faith and succeed. She will get out and run despite her current ability being so far below that of what she has been asked to do. If she gets out and runs a certain number of minutes each day, those minutes will naturally grow longer as her ability grows. At first, she may only run 2 miles, over and over again. Soon, she will develop the capacity to go 3. As she continues running she will develop the capacity to go 4, then 5, then 6, and so on and so forth – until she is eventually capable of running a full marathon – and even farther… The amazing thing is that it may take no more effort for her to run that full marathon than it took for her to run her first 2 or 3 miles…

All these principles have me thinking about my life – athletically, temporally, spiritually, in every way… I wonder what I am capable of. I wonder what more I would enjoy working towards? I don’t believe in faith in faith. I believe in faith in Jesus Christ. I believe that a miracle is when something happens, which God desires for us, and which we can not do without his help. I believe that if we have faith in Him, He will make the things which He desires for us possible – just as he created our bodies to make breathing while running, possible to those who run.

So I ask myself, what is it that He wants for me, which I also want – enough to take a leap of faith – and with His help, work to make it happen? :)

Corine :D

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