Your second wind

I work out 3 or 4 times a week. And let me be honest with you. It’s not my favourite thing to do.

I like how it makes me feel, and there are definitely some beautiful trails to bike and paths to run. But before I start, I usually have to convince myself it’s a good idea.

Recently I was on the elliptical machine. I was fervently watching the little digital clock on the screen, and it seemed like my workout was taking FOREVER.

But then I realized something. I was focused more on WHAT I was doing instead WHY I was doing it.

I remembered that exercising helps me think more clearly; it helps me be a better husband and dad; and it makes me more effective as a pastor and leader.

Those thoughts gave me a second wind. So I closed my eyes and went for gold!

When it comes to your life, what are you doing on a day-to-day basis that is getting you down? What is that difficult or monotonous thing that keeps you staring at your feet?

I’m not suggesting that your problems are easily squashed. But I am suggesting that we often need reminders about WHY we’re doing what we’re doing to make the daily battles a little less overwhelming.

In Colossians 1:11 (ESV) Paul prays this: “May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…”

That’s my prayer for you too. When you focus on living, working and breathing for God’s glory and Christ’s kingdom, I think you get an injection of strength, endurance and joy.

In your day-to-day life, the WHAT is important, but so is the WHY.

It’s your second wind. And it’s always at your back.

By Matthew Ruttan

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