This first week of February, snow has piled up in drifts, brightening the horizon on my journey to re-new. Oh, yes — and this happened, too. Things got really real with Revelation Wellness.
Actually, I was a couple of months in when I heard the call to register for instructor training. Hmm. The program was compelling. Yet I’ve no interest in instructing — especially on fitness. Mercy! I felt foolish even considering the possibility.
Me? A #fitnessteachergospelpreacher? Not likely, as a familiar refrain of self-doubt chirped from my shoulder. Too old. Too late. Too much. Unqualified. Unfit. Even so, as I was working out and meditating with RevWell podcasts, I continued to hear about it. I turned this impossible, laughable, scenario over and over in my mind.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
The Bible is full of examples of how God uses the least likely candidate to accomplish His purposes. People like David, the small shepherd boy who defeated a giant with a slingshot on the way to becoming one of the most faithful and godly kings (Acts 13:22; 1 Samuel 13:14). A steady stream of unlikely champions ran on a slide-show in my mind. I couldn’t discount the idea completely.
Eventually, a new song rose above the self-doubt. Do it anyway. Do it for yourself. Do it for your grands. Do it to see what God will do. This, I discerned, was the Spirit’s sweet anthem of hope for my life, re-new-ed. Hope beat down fear and doubt … just long enough to sign on the dotted line.
God, I really hope you’re in this. I can’t do it without You. Anxiety lingered as I purchased supplies, set up work/out spaces, and began to acclimate. Digesting chapters of content, all of which is new. Navigating the training environment. Establishing a schedule and new routines. Way-finding in a new community of ~250 people (a.k.a. Platoon 26), That last one was most challenging of all! Yikes. I’m stretched so far outside my comfort zone I feel like an expat.
The only familiar component of this training program is Bible study — on Nehemiah. Yay! This one thing I do know how to do. :=) This is a short book with a lot of power for life, re-new-ed. Begin reading now, friends. I’ll be back with fresh insights on chapter one, soon.
On January 30, RevWell’s founder, Alisa Keeton, launched us in a vision-casting call. My self-doubt faded as I realized just what I’d gotten myself into! My heart swelled with gratefulness for how good it was going to be. For me. For my grands. For the work God desires to do. The Lord’s anointing on RevWell is beautiful to behold and a blessing to experience. Now I’m all in, friends.
To be perfectly frank, I still don’t see myself in the role of a #fitnessteachergospelpreacher. It doesn’t matter. I’ve progressed beyond doubt to satisfaction in knowing that whatever God has for me here, it will be good. He is faithful. I trust Him and anticipate a good plan will unfold.
Meanwhile, have I’ve piqued your curiosity? I’m absolutely certain there’s something for you in RevWell, too. Seriously, it doesn’t matter if you can hardly move. This ministry is being used of God for healing and wholeness of mind, body, soul and spirit around the world. This is not about counting calories or pumping iron or jumping through hoops to fit an ideal body image. It’s about allowing God to work, from the inside out, for your good and His glory. You don’t want to miss out — check it!