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Can Lack of Consistency Hold You Back in Your Relationship With God?
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Change the Resistance in Your Life

Can Lack of Consistency Hold You Back in Your Relationship With God?

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I could be described by some as a bit of a health nut. I enjoy eating healthily; I am fascinated by diet and nutrition; I love being fit and active. The one thing that holds me back a bit is my lack of consistency. I’ll get into a good exercise regime, and I’ll be feeling so good that I’ll give myself a time out. I’ll take a week off just to relax and let my body rest. But that week can turn into two, and before I know it, a month has gone by, and I need to get fit again. So I am frequently faced with forcing myself back into fitness with the the first run after a holiday, the first gym session after Christmas, the first time in your swimsuit after winter… all those “firsts” that we are tempted to avoid. But we know, deep down inside, that if we avoid it today, we’re just going to have to face it tomorrow, so we may as well face it now.

Yet finding a place of maintenance is so much easier than regular fluctuation.

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Change the Resistance in Your Life

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While I was at university in Aberystwyth, Wales, I would go to a weekly spin cycle class. There were about 15 exercise bikes in a room, all facing an instructor who had her own bike. We would then proceed to cycle for around forty minutes on this stationary bike. My instructor would describe a local route for us, so that we could imagine what resistance we needed to use, if we were on proper bikes.

Since we all had our own bikes and since we were only imagining that we were cycling, we could choose the resistance on our individual bikes. A low resistance makes it easier to cycle and a high resistance makes it harder. If you had enough energy and wanted a good work out, you could choose to cycle in a high resistance. On the other hand, if you were feeling more fatigued and a bit weak, you could choose to cycle in a lower resistance.

I am beginning to think that it is possible to draw imagery from this cycling class that is applicable to real life. There are times when we feel full of passion and motivation; we just want to “go for it.” There are other times in life where we find it mentally and emotionally challenging to just do ordinary, daily chores. Wherever possible, I believe, that we need to be willing to change the resistance in our lives.

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