Last Wednesday I did something that surprised me… I benchpressed 265 pounds. I know what some of you may be thinking: so what, that’s not much or why are you telling us this. It is significant because in my life benchpress was always something that I believed I would never be good at or achieve any weight that would be seen as socially acceptable for a guy my height.
For years I always told people I am not good at bench press, I am not strong in my upper body but strong in my legs or some variation of why I wasn’t good at it. Every time I laid down under that bar, the narrative of “I can’t” blasted through my mind before I ever picked up the bar. I heard the voice of the older players in high school basketball offseason laughing and telling me to “stop playing with kids toys” when they saw the lack of weight I had on the bar. Fear of failure gripped me, fear of the bar dropping on my neck and a gym full of people laughing caused me to give up before I started because I wasn’t good at it.
I tell you this because this fear of failure didn’t just affect me on the weight bench but in life. I am growing in this area, I am confronting the things that once paralyzed me. I tell you this because I know many of you are letting “I can’t” dictate what steps you take or don’t take in life. I have found in my instances where I thought I can’t that I actually could. Even in the things that I still realize I can’t, I have a God who can and still does miracles every day. I realize that faith over fear brings with it a more fulfilling life. Does God care that I went from maxing 135 lbs. in high school to 265 lbs. today? No, he doesn’t care about my numbers but he does care when one of his children is believing the lies of Satan which cause them to sit in fear rather than stepping out to be the best and healthiest version of themselves possible. Don’t settle for the lie of I can’t, be a doer and lean on the one who can even when you can’t.
“Spirit lead me, where my trust is without borders…”
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