Guarding Your Mind
READY: “Colossians 3:1–4 “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
SET: I was recently training to ride my bike up Pikes Peak in Colorado. The peak sits at 14,119 feet of elevation. From the event starting point, we’d be riding 12.42 miles with 4,725 ft elevation gain. This was a big event for a cyclist coming from Phoenix elevation. During my training, I began to feel so focused on the struggles each climb brought- my sore hamstring, strong winds, long drives to do mountain training rides, mental and physical pain that comes from training for power and endurance. I started to not look forward to my workouts, even though I was seeing success in my fitness and performance. I remembered that whatever I focus on, becomes bigger. I was focusing so much on my trials (the challenge, my pain, my training plan, etc.) that I loss site of everything going on around me. I stopped noticing the beauty of the mountains we were riding up and enjoying the company of those riding with me.
When trials in life come we can become so overwhelmed with the struggle that we do the same thing. When we focus on the struggle (or daily grind) we lose site of the beauty around us, others’ needs, and the work God is doing in and around us. The Bible says we will have trials. They can be a time of growth and reflection of God’s goodness, or a time of focusing on the pain. It’s my choice. I used the ride up Pikes Peak as a time of worship of God and celebrating the world He created as we climbed in elevation through many different life zones. Suddenly, things were more enjoyable and in their correct place.
WORKOUT: Hebrews 12:1–2. Colossians 1:18. Heb 3:1, Matthew 6:33
Debbie Foster. AZ FCA Camp Coordinator and FCA Endurance Huddle Leader for Phoenix area with my husband, John.