Do you ever try to do it all?
think you can be your own hero?
push through when you should lay down?
buck up when you should kneel and pray?
god’s showing me, again, how my power has no control over my life.
time to let it go.
time to breathe and rest.
time to accept help.
time to boast in weakness that he would be strong.
time to stop trying to have it all together.
time to just be.
I hear this quite often: “i’m too shy to train at the gym” and i get it, there’s a lot of people, there’s a lot of equipment and if u don’t know your way around it can be intimidating and frustrating.
first off, it’s totally ok to feel this way. i personally can be very introverted at times (like going to new places or being with new people) and when my anxiety is high i’d rather curl into a ball and hide in my house, so i get it. but one thing you need to get over is the fear that everyone is watching you at the gym. people who are working out are so self absorbed, myself included lol watching themselves in the mirror, texting on their phones, focusing on the gains lol i proved this point to a friend of mine years ago when she was too nervous to come out of the women’s section at the gym, so i brought her down, yelled in the middle of the packed gym “does anyone care that amanda is here?!” literally not a single soul looked in our direction and she was shocked to say the least. but it changed her gym experience forever, by the end of the hour she was working in with people she didn’t know and since then has never returned to the woman’s only section. so my point, just focus on yourself just like everyone else. go prepared with a training plan so you aren’t wandering around aimlessly and don’t be afraid to try new things. in time you’ll know the gym like the back of your hand and you’ll wonder what you were so worried about in the first place ❤️
anyone else a little introverted? i feel like i’m a mix, extroverted around good friends, family and places/situations/roles i’m confident in but then also introverted around new people and situations and renew my energy by time at home or down time in nature.
are you an introvert or extrovert or a mix of both? as always i love to hear from you guys! ☺️🙏❤️👇
I haven't always been an introvert. i mean, i was to some extent, but i was thinking about this very thing today. i was reflecting on a talk i gave a couple of weekends ago about identity. one of the things i said was "i may be the most introverted blue you've ever met." (blue personality color from jacob adamo's color personality system.)
in this talk i gave, i mentioned that as a christian, i must base everything i know on the fact that i am a christian, and my identity needs to be firmly rooted in how god sees me. otherwise, the alternative is to have my identity wrapped up in my perception of myself (past and present!), and i for sure don't want to ride that roller coaster!
so, thus began the pondering in this image. is my introvertedness a result of my perception of what others think???? wow! that hit me hard! if i do believe that my identity is in christ, and i am beloved, valued, worthy, chosen, forgiven, etc., then why do i need to worry what others think of me?
and if i'm not worrying about how others may perceive me (which, in reality, it probably doesn't even go through their minds!!!!), then doesn't that free me to become extroverted? wow! it really should! i should be willing and able to talk to anyone, without a "fear of man"....that constant obsession over what others might think of me!
if i am all that god says i am, then i have nothing to fear! i pray that i can rest in that, and that my heart will be more open to joyfully interacting with others. he created us for community, not to be isolated and alone. so with strength and joy that only comes from a firm belief of who i am in christ, i am going to step forward in faith, working towards being who he made me to be.