WE'RE PAGE-TURNERS

October 24, 2011

October 24, 2011
Read: Hebrews 12

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus; the author and finisher of our faith.” –Hebrews 12:2

The…End. Not something you expect to read at the start of a devotion, but it was something I witnessed on my plane recently. The lady across the isle was reading a book that made “War and Peace” look like a leaflet. Seriously, at one point on the flight, I saw her begin Chapter 153.

As we began our descent, I saw her turn to the last page of the final chapter. You expect to see someone start a book on a flight, but to witness the finish, now that’s rare. The bold capped words, THE END, hung below a short paragraph that covered only half the page. Her focus and reaction to her story was my focus, and I reacted.

“So how was it?” (I just had to ask. Rare moments are tough for me to ignore). “It was great!” she responded. “Lots of twists and turns but I love the author, and the end was better than expected.”

I glanced up to the roof of the airplane as if to catch the grin of someone nobody could see, “Good one, Lord” I mumbled. You know, if I enjoyed watching some stranger finish her story, how much do you think God enjoys watching us live ours? To Him, we’re page-turners, so let’s really live! After all, she was right; lots of twists and turns, but if you love the Author, the end will be better than expected.

–J.P.

Question: What are your goals this week? How are you planning to live in terms of your health and well-being? Gonna try some healthy recipes? Start a new routine? Make it known in the comments section below.

WORKOUT OF THE WEEK: Mechanical Advantage

The body is an amazing thing in that it is fully fragile but fully adaptable. In any tough workout, progress is made in the daunting shadows beyond failure. Taking your body to the point of complete fatigue, then, is a desirable if only occasional ambition that can help you get healthier and stronger. But reaching that point doesn’t have to mean the end of your workout. That’s where adaptation comes in. By putting your muscles in a more mechanically advantageous position — positions that demand less work — you are able to extend your workout. Happily, additional cumulative work can lead to greater gains in the long run. This week’s workout allows you to ask (and receive) more of yourself by simply capitalizing on mechanical advantage.

UPPER BODY

Plyo-Push up
Standard Push-Up
Push-Up (from knees)

LOWER BODY

Jump Squat
Standard Squat
Isometric Hold (squat at 90-degrees and hold to failure)

ABS

Double Crunch
Standard Crunch
Reverse Crunch

–Perform each exercise listed to complete failure before moving on to the next. Failure is the point at which you can no longer complete reps with good form. You can break up the upper, lower and abdominal workouts, doing them on separate days, or you can go through each exercise listed in sequence for a total body workout. If going the total-body route, you may go through the entire sequence 2-3 times total, resting at least 24 hours between workouts.

Comments

  1. Diane G.

    I can’t help but think about the twists and turns I had recently with 2 months of pain with achilles/perineal tendonitis and no running. This time made me re-evaluate my conditioning not only physically but emotionally and most of all spiritually. This morning I went out for a run, pain free, listening to God’s words and taking in all of the beauty of His creation. I turned the page and truly love the author.

  2. Ellen

    This reading really struck me this morning! thank you!I am trying to get packed and out the door for a vacation and that has been my focus. I was so struck by the question “what are your goals this week?” in terms of health and God, even after my prayer time this morning! Thanks for the re-focus!

  3. Amy

    I have been training for a half marathon. I have truly enjoyed the portraits of nature God has blessed me with along the way. My training will come to fruition this Saturday. I run my race this Saturday. My prayer is that I am able to stay strong and finish the race at my goal.

  4. Dee

    Great devotional! Thank you for it!

  5. Catrina

    One of my favorites! It’s so comforting to know that God not only knows every detail of our lives but is also very interested! Awesome post, thank you:)

  6. Bridget

    I am finishing a month-long workout routine which covers all the body parts. I have been very consistent and can’t wait to finish the last week. As for my nutrition, I tried a new recipe on Sunday, corn casserole. It was really good, but not the most nutritious. I am shooting for a week with no cheats. I usually have a Friday night movie with popcorn and cookies. This week, I am going to watch the movie with a warm, sweet beverage and see what happens.

    Thanks for the devotional. I just love them.

  7. Natasha Kay

    God loves to romance us and I believe he put that woman beside you, at the very moment she was finishing her book, so He could have that moment with you! So like him to do that!

    This week, instead of focusing on my physical or nutritional routine (which is pretty dialed, anyway), I am focusing on resetting my devotional times. Things have been crazy these past few months and God spoke to me yesterday in church to remind me that even if it’s only 15 minutes a day, He wants it. I have always done 1-hour prayer/devotions and I needed the reminder that God wants any time we have — even 15! :)

  8. Albert

    Cross Fit Training Baby! Please God help me!!!

  9. Chrisinda Treadwell

    Just what I needed today, seriously. Sitting here reading I thought about the chapter of life that my husband and I are in…………we are moving forward today and we are not taking “No” for an answer. “What’s next?”, will be our response. Excited, nervous, anxious all rolled into one emotion today. We are praying that God will have His hand on us today and that He will turn the page for us. Happy that He is my Author! Think this book is going to be a “Best Seller!”
    Thanks Jimmy.

  10. Matty

    Well my goals this week are to focus on my healthy eating more I workout almost everyday I’ve got that down. I’m really gonna focus on how my body feels when I put healthy food into it and not eat until I’m full but satisfied.

  11. MamaG

    Jimmy,

    Have followed PrayFit since it’s inception. It goes without saying that your dedicated work, as well as the PF Team’s, is inspired by Spirit. This morning’s devotional hit a “home run.”

    You are so focused on doing the Lord’s work you see other’s behavior as great opportunities to share God’s truth and give Him glory. With as pure a heart, we can all someday “see in every face the Conquering Christ!”

  12. Mel

    I’m committing to fine-tuning my workouts and diet so I can get back to my ideal shape. Thanks for these wonderful devotionals.

  13. Betty

    Loved it! Thank you for all do!!! :-)

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