How easy is it to slip back into our old faulty patterns? I have found myself back to trying to run my fitness ministry under my own strength. Do you know where that gets me? Exhausted, stressed out and burnt out.
I am a self-professed professional striver and perfectionist. I seem to be able to step away from those faulty patterns for a period of time, but after a while I find myself striving and being performance based. It never seems to work out.
Complete Dependence on God
How I want to live my life is in complete dependence on God. In fact, that is my number one priority, yet I find myself so often trying to muscle through any challenges that I face. I am working on developing a speaking ministry, and yes I of course have to do my part, but what I am learning is that God just wants people who are willing to step out in faith and honor and glorify Him.
What I have been leaving out of the equation is prayer and then trusting God in his timing that he will answer my prayer as long as it is in alignment with His will.
I am reading the book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream written by David Platt. Here is an excerpt from the book that hit me square between my eyes this morning.
“God delights in using ordinary Christians who come to the end of themselves and choose to trust his extraordinary provision. He stands ready to allocate his power to all who are radically dependent on him and radically devoted to making much of him.”
Prayer and Faith
The way I want to live my life moving forward is through prayer and faith and complete dependence on God. I will have faith that God is working behind the scenes to bless my fitness ministry beyond my wildest imagination. That God can do the impossible in me and through me as long as I get out of my own way.
Prayer and faith. It sounds so simple doesn’t it? Complete dependence on God. It’s actually quite a freeing feeling, so I am not sure why my tendency is to try and do everything on my own. Old habits I guess.
Here is my prayer that I wrote out this morning.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I realize I have been trying to live life my life independent of you. I have been striving to grow my fitness ministry and trying to do everything under my own strength. From this day forward I want to live by prayer and faith and complete dependence on you. I pray and believe you will move mountains to grow my fitness ministry beyond my wildest dreams.
Troy Ismir, MS
Author, Podcaster, Speaker and Spiritual Warrior Coach