I want to journal the things I’m thankful for more frequently. Today, I’ll write about exercise!
My motivation to exercise is to keep my scoliosis in check. It’s a condition I’ve had since childhood which worsened when I was in my teens. Major surgery was recommended for me. My mom, a pediatrician, was against it. She tried to figure out what else we could do to bypass the risky operation. The next best thing was I had to wear a brace 23 hours a day for four years, and to exercise daily. Up until that point, I had been sedentary. That drastically changed, because I did not want my condition to worsen.
My scoliosis was God’s gift to me so that I would not take my health for granted. I am a better exerciser because of it!
Thanks to Paulina for asking about exercise motivators!
18give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
-1 Thessalonians 5:18 (New International Version)
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A friend of a friend had terminal cancer. Despite the condition, he was always upbeat and thankful for his blessings. When asked to account for his joy, he explained (probably not the exact words but), “God does not give us a burden He knows we are unable to carry. I am honored that He entrusted this cancer to me. Whatever the outcome, it is a win-win situation. (I know where I’m headed)”