SPEAK: Partnering with Spirit — God’s Still Working on Me…

SPEAK! … By the Spirit™ with Erica A. Hawthorne

God’s Still Working On Me …

© 2010 Erica A. Hawthorne

February 24, 2010

God's still working on me...

There was a song that my Nana loved for me to sing to her, her friends and any neighbor who passed by the house.  At a moment’s notice she’d call me away from my play to sing the song to an ailing friend on the phone or in the moments when I rubbed away her headaches. “God’s still working on me, God’s still working on me…to make me the best, that I can be…God’s still working on me!”

And boy is He ever!

When I think about Spirit doing great work in my life, I imagine having a sort of Spiritual Personal Trainer that provides the experiences, interactions and revelations that build resilience and strength in my life. The workout isn’t always easy, as a matter of fact sometimes it seems as if I’m ready to pass out!  But in life, as with working out, I often have to remind myself of the Bible verse that says,

“All things work together for the good of those who love God.”

We know that working out is good for us. But when we are in the midst of that 100th crunch or that 5th pull-up, the pain and strain seem to far outweigh and overshadow the overall benefit of exercising.  God’s work in our lives is very similar to a good workout and the result is the manifestation of a healthy life full of growth where we are able to bear the weight of challenge and endure the long-distance of our personal journeys.

Have your own spiritual personal trainer when you partner with Spirit!

I had a personal trainer once that seemed to love…and I mean LOVE the pain and sweat that came with a good hard workout.  You couldn’t ask him to do too many crunches! And no matter how many growls and grunts it took, he’d do all the chin-ups he could, smiling afterward with sweat dripping from his face. I personally thought he was crazy, and honestly feared for when it would be my turn to take the bench. Once I asked him why he seemed so hype about being in pain. He happily explained that when he was working out he knew he was doing something that would make him healthier and stronger. So even though it came with some pain and struggle, he knew the very act of enduring that discomfort was building immeasurable strength and was burning away all of the unhealthy weight, and so no matter how many grunts and growls it took, he was motivated knowing health and wellness were on the other side.

The work in a partnership with Spirit is unending…but instead of us looking at this as a sort of perpetual form of suffering, think of it instead as a welcomed workout that is designed to keep us in shape, fit and strong enough to bear the weight of future challenges.  Now in the midst of a challenge, I find myself humming the song I used to sing to Nana,

“God’s still working on me, God’s still working on me…to make me the best, that I can be…God’s still working on me!”

Know that even in the midst of your pressing experiences, God is developing just the right routine to develop us into our best, most spiritually healthy selves. Keep lifting, running, pushing and stretching your way into your fullest potential by partnering with Spirit as your personal trainer.

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2 Responses

  1. that work in progress sign….truly looks like a work in progress! haha! nice pic. 🙂

    thanks for your words.

  2. Amen! My favorite “Erica-ism” today is “God’s work in our lives is very similar to a good workout and the result is the manifestation of a healthy life full of growth where we are able to bear the weight of challenge and endure the long-distance of our personal journeys.” Brilliant. And soooo true.

    Yes indeed, God’s still working on me too. Thanks for sharing this!

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