Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening] (1 Corinthians 13:7 AMP).
When was the last time your love was tested? I want you to think about why you have decided to start the year off regaining control of your body. You are about 45 days into the Temple Takeover journey. Are you making a lifestyle change out of love for yourself or for someone else? The above scripture became more real to me than ever before during a situation I faced last Summer.
There was a period of time where my wife and I were living in different cities. I had accepted a job in Houston to help open a new gym franchise and Jamia remained in Atlanta to finish her master’s degree. Before relocating, I had her graduation day circled on my calendar. I purchased a buddy pass in advance to ensure I would get back to the city early enough to spend time with Jamia before her graduation ceremony. However, I was not aware of a conference in Houston that had over 80,000 participants!
My flight was scheduled to leave on a Thursday morning, but I never got a seat on the plane and sat in the airport for 12 hours waiting to get home! Any of you who have ever flown standby know how long the days can get. I returned back to the airport at 5am the next morning to catch the first flight out. I was unable to get on the first flight and no seats were available for stand-by passengers on the next two flights.
At that moment as I sat at the gate, I had a decision to make. Come back early Saturday morning and try again but risk missing the graduation or hop in my Expedition and drive the 12 hours to Atlanta. Oh, I failed to mention that we had to move out of our apartment this same weekend and it was Mother’s Day!
I so wanted to call my wife and say I didn’t have the extra money to drive. I had already spent money on a plane ticket and my remaining funds were to cover the moving expenses. At one point I pulled out my calculator to see how I could make it happen.
As I began to leave the terminal, a peace came over me as I thought about how much I love my wife and how I needed to do whatever it takes to be there for her. Under the circumstances my hope did not fade and my body was able to endure the drive, the move, and lack of sleep. And God used some people in my life to bless me with gas money for the entire trip!
But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The most impactful thing from this whole experience was when Jamia looked me in my eyes and said, “You really love me, but if you weren’t in shape, you wouldn’t have been able to do all this.”
Never calculate the cost to becoming a healthier you. Never calculate how much time it’s going to cost you to extend your life one workout at a time. Never calculate the cost of purchasing better food options. Just make it happen! The legacy of God’s love starts with you.
Action for the Week
Surprise the one you love with one of the following great couple activities:
- Couples Massage
- Take a spin class together
- Register for a 5k run
- Start working out together
- Go horseback riding