“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” james one:two-four
Time Under Tension is set out to inspire you to grow in two very important ways, spiritually and physically. It would only take a few moments of observation to see how much these two worlds parallel.
When you take a look at the way growth happens in one’s life, you begin to see one common denominator. The results are the same, though the cause of those results may go by a variety of names: stress, pain, discomfort, or pressure. For the sake of conversation, we will boil it down to one name, tension. Consider those tense times of life. Do you believe you’d be the person you are today if life wasn’t so hard on you? Would you have grown in the way you have if you hadn’t experienced some sort of tension in your life? I will take the bold stance and say, “No.” Basically, it comes down to the old fitness adage, “No pain, no gain.”
When considering muscle growth, we know that the more time that a muscle is under tension, the more growth we see in that muscle. Take that same principle and apply to your life spiritually. In the first chapter of James, the half brother of Jesus tells us to , “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”
James guarantees that the follower of Christ will encounter trials, various in nature. Tension is inevitable, but we can take joy in the tension because it is for the better. Isn’t that so true of the physical? You put your muscles under tension for a reason. The reason you endure the pain isn’t simply for pain’s sake. The reason is to spark growth in your body. As you put more muscles under more tension, you see more muscle and strength gains. With this new muscle and strength, you find you are able to handle heavier weight, endure longer work outs, move more efficiently, and be all around better. Bring it back to the spiritual now. Don’t you think that God wants His children to handle heavier loads, endure more, move better, and all around look more like His Son? We work out to find our greatest potential. God works us out to do the exact same thing.
Rejoice, because there is joy in knowing you’ll be better tomorrow than you were today.