For YEARS, possibly a couple decades, I have wanted 6-pack abs. We all see the girls on tv, the magazines, in the gym, I’m surprised we don’t see them on the radio. It dawned on me this morning that I have wanted to have a stomach like theirs for many, many years. I have recently been diagnosed with CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and feel as though it may have been a personal attack on this goal of mine.
Gone are the days when I would wear belly-bearing shirts and tanks to show off my abdominals. Don’t get me wrong, there was a day when I would have gone to get groceries or to the bank in a sports bra. As I am a tad older now, I don’t find this attire quite as appropriate as I once did. But I still want the abs so badly it hurts as if i did the crunches to get ’em. So I started wondering why in the world I would want abs like Pink’s or Britney’s if I wasn’t going to show them off.
I decided it was because it symbolized a goal attained. I have always been goal-driven. My parents, of course, had a lot to do with that. It was “Goal + Dedication=Reward.” We work for the things we want. We strive to stay focused on that goal with all our might. We let nothing get in our way or else we may not reach our goal. The muscles popping up around our stomachs is a public address that you have achieved your goal. After all, I said I wouldn’t go to the store in a bra, not show everyone who asked, or hinted, or looked at me.
And since it all comes back to God, I think growing closer to Him is a lot like that. We let so many activities and habits get in the way of our relationship with Him. We want the reward, just like those abs, but we aren’t willing to do what it takes to get there. I don’t think I would continue to strive for a goal if I didn’t see the results and reward elsewhere. Meaning, if I didn’t know that a stomach like Janet Jackson’s was achievable, I wouldn’t spend another minute trying for it. But it IS achievable or we wouldn’t have those people we look to for prayer OR workout advice!
These people knew: There’s no shortcut. Years ago I bought “6 second ABS” a contraption that is not only noisy, but does not seem to do much for the region specified. That was me looking for a shortcut. That’s the way we are these days. Not only are we not willing to work for what we get, but it better be here before we turn around! In order to attain the goal of closeness to God, we have to spend time with Him, reading, praying, meditating, just being with God.
The bottom line? People have reached their goals, whether it be a new kitchen, a flat stomach, or a closer relationship with Jesus. We just have to be willing to dedicate ourselves to the goal. Now, where did I put my weights?