The pool that I do my exercise class in seems to have lowered the water temperature. It feels shockingly cold to climb into and there are many complaints from members of the class. The funny thing is, once I am wet and working hard, the water no longer feels cold to me. I know that the temperature has not changed, but it starts to feel comfortable.
The instructor challenged the class to look at it differently. She said it was mind over matter. If we get in thinking it will be cold, we will slowly immerse ourselves, making the cold last longer. “Just jump in and get the worst of it over with” she told us.
This made me think of the many times in my life I have approached a challenge very hesitantly, certain it would be unpleasant. A saying that comes to mind is ‘What I fear, I create.’ Once I change my mindset and immerse myself in the task at hand, the earlier trepidation fades. Just like the water temperature, the situation doesn’t change, just my attitude toward it. The best way that I have found to do this is to pray about the situation. Once I know it is out of my control and in the hands of Jesus, the pressure is off and anything is possible.
I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 God’s Word Translation
Be inspired today.