I was running today using a training app. On my training plan, it was a “Speed Run” day. During the training, the coach had me balance on one leg for 45 seconds. He said (something to the effect of…), “If your standing leg is shaking and moving, that is good! That means it is working! It is building strength and that is good. We want to work and build strength. We want balance, because that means we are strong. If this is revealing weaknesses, that is good too. Then we know what we need to work on.” As I was listening to the coach talk about training, balance, and strength, and as my standing leg was shaking and wobbling, something in me changed.
You see, I have been struggling in my life with stresses and challenges that are out of my control and they have me weary and confused. These weary days and challenges have revealed weaknesses, and my reactions have been wrong. As I have cried out to God asking Him what I should do, He showed me today that I need to keep strengthening my “standing leg” which are the things He has been teaching me through books about podcasts. I may be “wobbling and shaking” through the process, but that doesn’t necessarily mean I need to stop. I just need to keep standing and strengthening. My weaknesses are revealed in my poor responses and lack of trust in HIM. But by prayer, patience, trust and practice, I can respond and stand. I can grow in strength, and I can keep running the race the Lord has set before me with endurance and power… in His power. And I can give Him glory!
So what has the Lord been teaching me? Well, the book I have been reading is 7 Habits for Highly Effective People by Steven Covey. In that book he talks about the Time Management Matrix.
In the Time Management Matrix, using Habit #3 of Putting First Things First, Covey showed that I must focus on things in my day that are important like vision, goals, relationships, and effectiveness. These things take precedence over the seemingly “urgent” and possibly even unimportant things or time-wasters that eat my time. This is my BALANCE. What makes me wobble is when things come up that distract me from what is important and rob me of focusing on relationships. When I respond in anger or even apathy to the ones I love the very most, I am not building what I deem most important. It makes me so sad! BUT, the Lord showed me today, through my balance training, that I need to build and practice my response, not give up on standing on the vision and goals He has put on my heart! “A just weight is His delight” (Proverbs 11:1)
If you want to learn more about what I am talking about, here is a link for a more details: https://www.franklincovey.com/the-7-habits/habit-3.html