Some times a work out feels great. You’re pushing yourself, but not too hard. The sun’s shining and the wind’s at your back. There’s a tangible sense of progress. The banter is flowing and there’s a wonderful sense of camaraderie. You not only know intellectually you’re on the right track, but your body is agreeing with you. You finish up and feel great, smug even.
Other times a work out feels like a horrible slog. You feel tired and over extended. It’s cold and rainy. There’s no sense of progress, if anything you feel like you’re losing ground. There’s a bit of a disconnect between you and your team mates, strained relationships even. Your feelings are telling your reasoning that perhaps this isn’t really worth it. You feel dejected, like giving up even.
Objectively, both these work outs have roughly the same value physically. Mentally, the latter is perhaps more beneficial – it’s strengthening you for tougher challenges.
Pushing on when you’d rather give up. Pressing in, when you’re feelings aren’t agreeing with what you know to be true. This is an important element of making progress.
Disciple, sometimes the meeting or the meal, the study or the prayer, doesn’t produce the feelings we know it warrants.
Keep pressing on. Continue to sow to the spirit. Don’t grow weary in doing good.
Physical training has some value, but godliness has value for all things.
Run to win i.e. train properly through every circumstance and season.