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It's Making You Stronger

Resistance is defined as "the ability not to be affected by something, especially adversely (Oxford Languages)." When it comes to exercise, the purpose of resistance is to build muscle—and we tend to understand that it is necessary for our growth. The prescription for increased strength is greater resistance. Outside of the gym, however, we are less eager to embrace what it is to build in us because of the pain that comes along with it. But the purpose of resistance doesn't change because of circumstances. Its purpose it resolute.

The same is true in regard to life. Overcoming obstacles is a part of living. Quite often, we resent the fact that we have to go through anything that tends to challenge us in unpleasant ways. But most times, it is the adversity we go through that tends to lend to our strength and subsequent capacity in various ways. Perhaps we should develop a different perspective when it comes to the challenges we face. If I may continue with our gym analogy, the only way for you to get stronger is to get up under the weight, grab someone to spot you, and get to pushing. At first, you may not be able to lift much. Things may overwhelm you to the point where you may feel like you're going to get crushed. But you have to keep pushing. After a while, you will find that lifting the same amount of weight will no longer present much of a challenge. That will only be the case if you choose to challenge yourself to lift it in the first place. Do that consistently and you will love what it produces in your life. In the same way, the obstacles we encounter have the ability to build something in us.

The other thing to keep in mind is that to get stronger, muscles are being reconstructed. Anatomically speaking, on a very basic level, building muscle requires them to go through the process of tearing and then repairing, which lead to growth. In other words, the resistance you face will first break you down, and then redevelop you. The purpose is not to make you weak. It’s to build strength in you. To bring about growth. This is where perseverance comes in. You may not feel stronger right away. In fact, you will most likely feel the opposite. You will be sore. Doing everyday tasks will prove to be difficult. But in the end, it will yield great results. Discipline is required to get you through these tough times.

Merriam-Webster defines discipline as “an activity, exercise, or regimen that develops or improves a skill; training.” Discipline is what helps you remain consistent in the midst of adversity, trouble, frustration, and anything else that comes to test your resolve. An unknown author once said, “suffer the pain of discipline, or suffer the pain of regret.” Think about that. Either way, pain is a part of the process. I would rather be sore with pain and know that there is more to come out of my sacrifice than to be in pain in vain, with nothing to show for what I would have had to experience.

To build something great that is to be sustained long-term takes time, dedication, and discipline. Discipline doesn’t always feel good at first, but it does yield results for those that allow themselves to be trained by it (Hebrews 12). You are being trained. Groomed for greater things. Don't resent resistance. Embrace it. You will see that with time—and consistency—it will all be worth it.