Embrace the Grind

“Though the mills of God grind slowly; yet they grind exceedingly small;  Though with patience He stands waiting, with exactness grinds He all.”  Freidrich von Logau

The current UFC light heavyweight champion (and former U.S. Olympic and Oklahoma State University All-American wrestler), Daniel Cormier calls himself the “King of the Grind.”  U.S. Navy SEAL’s have coined the phrase, “Embrace the suck.”  The Apostle Paul said, “I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave….” (1 Corinthians 9:27)  What do they all have in common?

The grind.

The grind can be physical, mental or spiritual.  Over the course of your lifetime, it will be found in all three aspects.  What you choose to do with it is up to you.  Many will choose to run from it but this is to their own detriment.  For this is where the deep roots of faith, perseverance, strength and character are grown.

“….I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”  Louisa May Alcott 

I would venture to say that most, if not all of us will begin from a place of pride.  Pride in our own strength.  The problem is that ultimately our own strength is not enough.  For the believer, the Warrior Soul, we need to start from a place of humility and reliance on our loving and faithful Father to lead us, guide us and supply the strength we need to persevere, no matter the circumstances.  We remind ourselves that we can only do “all things through Christ, who gives us strength.” (Philippians 4:13)

“….Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff (a shepherd’s instruments of discipline, guidance and protection), they comfort me.”  Psalm 23:4

I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to be an accountability partner/coach with many different people in different phases of life.  Usually this has been focused on either exercise/nutrition or encouraging them get to the next level in their relationship with God.  What I’ve learned in all of this is that we can learn to incorporate the same mindfulness into both areas of life.

Again, at the foundation is our humble trust in God.  Many people will often misquote the Bible saying, “God won’t give us more than we can handle….”

Actually He will.  God will give you more than you can handle on your own, in order that you understand your need to be more reliant on Him.  He may run you through the same gauntlet over and over again throughout your life, until your heart is humble enough to acknowledge and embrace this truth.  Our pride and self  reliance, though often embraced by our culture, is actually what can keep us from reaching our full potential in our God ordained purposes.

I will often workout five or six days per week and each day consists of a slightly different routine in order to prevent dreaded “plateau.”  Resistance training is done in each workout session (although by different means or exercises that focus the brunt of the intensity on different body parts).  Cardio work is also done during each workout but some days it may be steady state cardio and some days it might be “high intensity interval training” routines.  It is this repetition that can help take it from something we try and do to becoming a lifestyle and a part of who we are.

In part two, we’ll discuss how and what we can implement in our walk with God to create this same manner of being.

Let’s get after it….

“You become a champion by fighting one more round.  When things are tough, you fight one more round.”  James Corbett

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