Window in the backyardHave I mentioned to you that I started a new workout program in January? It’s crazy intense. It’s called Hammer & Chisel and more days than not, I feel like I’m the nail getting hammered by this workout.

It is all about weight lifting and strength building, which is good considering I had virtually no upper body strength when I began this workout.

I wake up most mornings between 5-5:30 a.m. and drag my body downstairs to start the DVD. I constantly tell myself that I must wake up or I’m going to drop a 15 pound dumbbell on my head. Most days, it works.

Since I workout in my family room, I  use my reflection in my kitchen window as a way to track my form and make sure I’m doing the exercise correctly. If I don’t get up early enough, the sunlight makes it impossible for me to see a reflection of myself in the window. That’s my incentive to get up early for my workout. Well, that and the fact that I don’t have any other time in my day I can devote to working out.

This morning, I got a little later start than normal. I began losing the darkness as the clock ticked, thus losing my reflection in the window. The brighter the light, the harder it was to see myself. Then it hit me.

As we move from darkness into light and we see less of ourselves and see more of Christ.


John 3:30 puts it this way,

He must become greater; I must become less.”

In order to do this, we have to surrender more and more of ourselves to the Lord. Our focus has to be on His purposes and His plans rather than our own. As we do this, we become more Christlike. He only did what His Father was doing [John 5:19].

What area of your life do you need to surrender to the Lord in order to become more Christlike? Is it your time? Your money? Your words? What you listen to, read or watch?

Take a moment today to ask Him to highlight where you need to change and then ask Him to give you the ability to do it.