💪🏾During the first summer workout of my freshman year in college my max bench was 185 on my own, but during our strength testing at the end of the summer, it increased to 275.
❗️My college strength coach knew that if we showed significant strength during times of testing that it’d positively reflect on his influence over us.
🏋️♀️Which is why when he’d spot us during our testing, he’d actually do the heavy lifting.
‼️Similarly, God wants to do the heavy lifting for us during times when we need to exercise extraordinary strength in order for others to recognize that they too can do all things through Him.
😁A few weeks after my strength test, I wanted to show my boys back home my newly acquired strength and proceeded to throw 275 on the bar.
⚠️That didn’t end well, I attempted to lift the heavyweight through my own strength, minus my strength coach doing the heavy lifting and quickly discovered that on my own I am only capable of lifting 185, but with my strength coach doing the heavy lifting I could do significantly more.
🤦♂️🏾If I am honest with myself, I have done that more times than I care to admit as it relates to my walk with God. I go through my humble periods in which I allow my Strength Coach(God) to do the heavy lifting, and the success that that produces leads me to began to feel myself, and assume that I can lift heavy burdens, that only God can handle, independent of Him.
💭Power thought: Egos trip, but the humble don’t stumble.
📖Psalm 55:22 (MSG)Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. He’ll never let good people topple into ruin
📖Philippians 4:13 (KJV)I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.