Did I ever tell you about the time I made living room drapes? It was so exciting to measure the windows, pick out the fabric, and picture how they would be the highlight of the room. Eagerly I began to sew and then I sewed two pieces together wrong. That led to tearing out the seam and doing it again. Next, the tension on the sewing machine was so messed up that the machine ate my fabric. One frustration led to another until I just wanted to be done. The last thing I had to do was hem the drapes but I decided that they were good enough. I hung them on the windows and placed two big armchairs in front of the drapes to hide the strings of fabric dangling on the floor. As far as I was concerned, what I had hoped to be my living room masterpiece instead became “good enough.”
Too often I fall prey to the temptation of “good enough”. I want to finish strong, I really do but I just get so distracted or worn out that I just don’t bother. Granted a drape’s hem is not a life shattering issue but what about your health? Are you like me and too easily find reasons to settle for your body’s health status as it is? Do you have thoughts like:
- I’m too busy to exercise.
- Well, I’m getting older so I shouldn’t expect to do that anymore.
- I’m more active than that guy over there.
- I don’t weigh as much as I could.
- After all this body has been through I’m just happy to be alive.
- I know people that lived long, active lives and never exercised.
Jesus does not want you to be “good enough”. He wants you to be the masterpiece that He has designed you to be. In John 10:10b Jesus said “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”. Does that sound like Jesus wants you to settle for “good enough.” No. To be clear, He’s not talking about abundance of wealth, Jesus’ is speaking about the fullness of life- spiritually, emotionally and physically. Jesus did all those healings because He cares about your body. Do you care about your body? “Why should I bother. My body is nothing to brag about- I can tell you that.” If your doctor, friend or family has said that exercise can help- why not try?
Do you believe that you deserve to live life with more energy, more self-confidence- in other words- more abundance? Do you believe that your body can be a source of joy instead of a source of worry? Is your need for consistent exercise in your life worth praying for? Why not?
The hardest part of living the abundant life that Jesus came to give us is to believe we deserve it and then seeking His help through prayer to achieve it. Let Him help you walk the path towards a healthier, happier life. You deserve it.