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{Week 8} WIWW Link-Up Party… Out with the old…

I’ve never been known for sticking to a consistent work-out plan.  But this year, probably for the first time since having kids, my exercise efforts have lasted past the first week.  That’s huge, folks.  But before you give me too much credit, don’t.

You see, I almost quit.

After a few weeks of faithfully attending the perfect aerobics class for me (perfect as in: free-taught-by-my-friend-at-her-church-and-you-can-even-bring-your-kids), my left ankle was hurting like crazy.  I had injured it playing volleyball in high school (Dear 16 year-old Me, don’t sacrifice your body without thinking now, because you will pay for it dearly later…), and working out several days a week was enough to bring on the weakness and pain all over again.

Ugh.  Just when I finally had the resolve to try this exercise thing one more time, I was stopped dead in my tracks.  I knew it was too good to be true.  And I was ready to throw in the towel for good.

Then someone brought up something I had never considered.  After sharing my frustration with a friend, she wondered if my shoes might be adding to the problem.  What?  Being everything opposite of a work-out guru, I had never even given my shoes a second thought.  The ones I had been wearing were probably ten years old, clearly lacked the support I needed, and were most likely aggravating my injuries.

Out with the old and in with the new.

My husband ended up surprising me with a brand new, totally appropriate pair of tennis shoes for my birthday last Fall {you can read the whole story here … who knew a middle-aged mom could cry over a silly pair of shoes?!}, and I’m happy to report that I’ve not had any issues with my ankle since.  In fact, my work-outs have never been more effective.  What a difference the new made!  If only I would have recognized that keeping my old shoes was the cause of so much damage, my pain and frustration could have ended much sooner than it did.

I thought of my shoe story as I was reading Ephesians 4:22-24  this week:

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;

to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Ineffective.

Frustrated.

Distracted.

Damaged.

Defeated.

 

These are some of the same feelings we feel when we try to hold onto our “old self” and our “former way of life”: who we were before Christ.  Keeping the old stuff around is no good in our spiritual life either.  We think we can cut corners, balancing the old with the new.  We try to hold onto old influences, old habits, old preferences, old sins and still walk with the King, but it always ends up in one step forward, then two steps back.  And after trying in vain to balance two lives that clearly don’t mix, we find ourselves frustrated and ready to quit.

Don’t quit.

If you know Jesus and have accepted a new life in Him, these are not the words that you have to live under.  When we embrace all God has for us and put on the “new self,” we can live in freedom.

Effective.

Joyful.

Focused.

Whole.

Victorious.

 ”Therefore… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles.

And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”

Hebrews 12:1-2

 

Out with the old.  In with the new.  Sounds good to me…

 

At His feet,

 

Challenge:  Is there something about your “old self” that you are still holding onto?  What steps can you make today to “put on the new”? 

 

Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other. We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Jennifer says:

    What an awesome, awesome post!! And so, so true. I’ll be thinking about this today! :)

  2. Just a few days ago, I heard T.D. Jakes make a statement that is now written on my bathroom mirror. “In your MIND, you are still living under a threat that no longer exists”. Wow. Talk about bringing an instant wave of freedom to my troubled mind. Another lesson in renewing the mind! Indeed – out with the OLD, in with the New!

  3. Hi There! I have been having a really hard time finding shoes that fit me well and are good for working out. Do you feel comfortable telling me what kind of shoes you found that work for you?

    Your post really spoke to my heart, for a number of reasons, as I was in tears speaking to my sister right before reading your post.

    God bless you, you are an inspiration to me.

    Susan

  4. I really needed to hear this today. For a long time I thought I’d put off my old self. But, I can see parts of it seeping it’s way back into my life right now and it is leading to nothing good. To be honest, I don’t fully want to put off my old self. I’m praying that God will change my heart.

  5. Thank you for reminding me of the “words I live under” in Christ. I was so encouraged by this post.

  6. Praise God that we are a new creation in Him! He exchanges our sins for His righteousness:
    http://savedbygracebiblestudy.blogspot.com/2012/01/gods-exchange.html
    Thanks for the wonderful post!
    Laurie

  7. This is the second time this week I’ve read a blog post referring to throwing off your old self — think God’s trying to remind me of something?

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