Keep On Keeping On

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This past week I went to the gym six days in a row. Each of those six days I spent at least 45 minutes pedaling to nowhere in front of a big mirror, with lungs burning, sweat dripping, and legs gradually turning to Jell-O.


It sucked.


Okay, it didn’t completely suck. But it was tough.


Unlike some people, I don’t like getting up at 5 AM. I rather not spend my first waking hours bullying my body into shape in a crowded room full of sweaty people. I am not fond of showering in a locker room alongside other women who without fail manage to make exercise look sexy while I look like a half-drowned rat who just survived a shipwreck.


I was tempted to ignore my alarm each morning when it went off, but for some reason, I didn’t. Once I was at the gym, on the bike, and starting to feel the burn, I wanted to quit the entire time. Or at the very least “cheat” by cranking the gear way down to little or no resistance. But I didn’t. Somehow, for some reason, I persevered.


Perseverance isn’t really my strong suit. But when I do “keep on keeping on,” the finish line feels so sweet. Can you relate?


Best-selling author and speaker John Maxwell published this brief “Minute with Maxwell” video last week about stamina. His words really rang true for me, and I thought it would be a good thing to share on a Monday morning as we all start off another week. Take a minute to watch it – I think you’ll enjoy!



To close, let me share one of my favorite Bible verses, Galatians 6:9


“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”


Whatever you’re working toward, do not grow weary… for in due season you will reap, if you do not give up!