I mean....I had to laugh today. I am not a very prideful person, but I don't really like being called out on mistakes especially when I am feeling quite confident.
I was mad and humiliated and humbled, and then I was mad again for a second. You see, I have been going to the same gym for two years. I love it. I love myself when I am there. I do the same things I am asked day after day and I guess I got too comfortable with the routine.
Today, I was doing squats the same way I've been doing them all this time. Instead of my usual trainer today, another "bad to the bone", young, fit and amazing trainer called me out. " That's totally wrong! I wish I could take a picture of you and show you what you are doing!" Um, okay. My first thought was to flee and fast! I was a tad embarrassed. Instead, I tried harder to perfect getting my bootie closer to the ground and kinda quickly moved on to the next event. .
What the trainer didn't know about me was that both of my feet were broken five years ago. Instead of being huffy and defending myself, I went to her after class and explained that while my feet didn't hurt anymore, the fear of injuring them was probably the reason I was not getting down low enough. I owned my stuff.
I asked her what I could do differently. I was thankful for the suggestions she gave to go slow, start over, and keep trying.
I could've held a grudge. I could've been embarrassed. I could've stayed in a place of pride. What would any of that have done for me?
She wasn't intending to be mean at all. She was trying to help me be a better me. As a coach, I approach each client with the same overall technique in helping them achieve their goals, but I do custom tailor their path by asking them questions. What works for one, may be completely wrong for someone else.
Like my trainer and my squats, I will expect amazing things from you and we will work together to find a new way to getcha where you want to be!
Whatcha going to do with this thing in your way? Ignore it? Wait for someone else to move it? What IS your thing, your TIRE? Your past? A hurt? An unseen goal? An illness? A lost dream? An addiction?
Lift it UP.
Jump OVER it.
Move that thing out of the way and in doing so, realize that YOU are stronger for tackling it. Your muscles ache, your arms burn. You are alive.
Now let's get down to it.
Genesis 50:20 tells us
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
I don't know what your TIRE looks like. I don't know if you are jumping over it, ignoring it, or moving that bad boy out of the way. All I know is what I did with my own TIRE, and how it made me stronger.
My TIRE showed up about five years ago. Seemingly unsurmountable issues starting festering in ways that were quickly proving the enemy was trying to take not only me down, but my girls, my marriage and my step children. I COULDN'T move that tire. I didn't know why. I was anything but strong. On a certain day in April of 2012 that I purposely forget the date of, my life, and the life of my family, changed drastically. In all areas of my life, the Enemy had won. I was defeated. Let's fast forward... five and half years later, I am able to sit here and know that it was the people in my life that chose to stick around and the friends and mentors that rescued me and delivered me safely to a rock of certainty and to a place of absolute conviction that I had a message to share. Not only did I lift that tire out of the way, I used it to make me STRONG. That day was meant to destroy me.., my girls, my marriage, my step children, but instead it took a simple twist through the years that created some strength, gumption, endurance and confidence that I would have otherwise never found.
I don't know what's in your way today, and I don't know what you've tried to do to overcome it but I do know for me, an unmistakable faith took over, friends steered me in the right direction and my own strength became strong enough to move that junk out of the way! And YOU can find that STRENGTH too. I am here to help you find it.