If you need me (Elliott) on a weekday morning between 6:30-7: 30 am, you can find me at Planet Fitness. It’s the judgment-free zone, a place where you can go and workout without feeling awkward that you don’t know what you’re doing. Here’s a secret: Nobody knows what they’re doing. But I saw something this morning while I was finishing up that struck me. There was a woman walking out of the gym, still in her gym clothes, glistening (that’s what women do right?) from the workout, holding a 20oz bottle of Dr. Pepper in her hand.

I’m not going to lie, the judgment-free zone was suspended for me for a least a moment. I thought, “Well, that’s one way to ruin what you’ve been doing for the last hour.” All the work, all the sweat, all the gains, short-circuited by what is admittedly delicious. In the midst of my self-righteous moment, another thought came to mind: How am I short-circuiting what God is wanting to do in my life?

Here’s what I’m learning:

It takes dedication.

Just like working out and losing weight takes dedication, so does your relationship with God. Your gains in the gym are helped or hindered by the choices you make outside the gym. It’s been said, “You can’t out-train your diet.” Discipline and dedication are the keys to making progress. But let me ask you this: How dedicated are you to growing in your walk with Jesus? It’s no mystery. We know we should spend time in solitude allowing God to speak to us by reading His Word and speaking to Him in prayer. It’s how the relationship is built. But how many times do we skip it? We envy those people who spend time with God every day and wonder how they seem to crave more and more. What we fail to recognize is that those same people started out being dedicated to a discipline, and that discipline turned into desire. Need to quickly turns to want to which turns to get to.

There’s always more.

God has no limits. The things He wants to do in you and through you are greater than you can possibly imagine. The only one placing limitations on your relationship with God and the things He will do through you is you. Stop carrying a Dr. Pepper with you to the gym. Set aside the things that are holding you back from taking your next step of faith. Just take the step. I promise you’re making it more complicated than it is. Is it going to be difficult? Probably. Is it going to be worth it? Definitely. Does God want more for you? Absolutely.

There is no doubt that God will do His part. The question is: Will you?

What do you need to cut out of your life to make room for what God wants to do?

We love you. We’re praying for you. And we’re in this together.

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