My mother always said I had enough energy in my body for 10 people. She used to say I couldn’t sit still if I had to….and even went so far as to say I was probably ADD. Well, today, I heard a new one…my precious trainer who I thought was a nice person had the audacity to tell me I was AD today. “AD, what in the world is AD?” I asked. “You’re abdominally dysfunctional!” Now that wasn’t very nice. Just because I was having trouble doing the personal torture she called exercise was no reason to start name calling. I mean, can you do the exercise?
Can you lay on the floor with your legs out straight, tilt your pelvis forward and press your lower back on the floor. Make sure your belly button is pressing your back to the ground. Now lift your feet off of the ground about 6 inches and then back down again, while remembering to breathe the whole time. I can tell you right now, it’s not happening. I am a multi-tasker like no other, and for some reason, my brain will not allow me to accomplish all of those things at once. So, I guess I am clearly a poster child for AD. I can promise you my abs got a work out today, but it was more from extreme laughter than the workout Karen had planned.
On the way home, the competitive person inside my head was tormented because I didn’t accomplish the task set before me. I thought about the whole scenario trying to figure out what went wrong. I laughed again, when my downfall became blatantly obvious. I was too busy complaining about how difficult the task was for me instead of focusing on the task at hand. Had I put my energy on the task instead of on complaining about how hard it was, I would have been successful or at least would have gotten through the process quicker.
How many times do we do this with God? We find ourselves going through something we don’t enjoy or something that is difficult and we whine and complain about it. I wonder if He ever gets sick and tired of it and would like to ask, “Would you like some cheese with that whine!”
Philippians 2:14-15 says, “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe…” Tough times come and go. They are a part of life. However, we should handle our difficulties different than the world and by doing so, we become arrows pointing others to Jesus [Matthew 5:16]. Just like anything else in life, it will take practice to make it a habit. So put a smile on your face and aim high.