For the past few weeks I had a big problem…INERTIA. What is INERTIA? A quick Google lookup will give you this definition ” A tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged” and Dictionary.com gives this definition: “inertness, especially with regard to effort, motion, action, and the like; inactivity; sluggishness.” Okay now stay with me here, I have been pondering this word INERTIA for a little while now and how it relates to my lack of exercise over the past few weeks.
Did you see the definitions? I see a lot of insight in this word. First I see that having this problem is keeping me at a stand still and unchanged. Then looking further we see inactivity and sluggishness, um that sounds like lazy to me! So let’s see what the Bible says about being lazy?… Proverbs 26:15 – “A sluggard buries his hand in the dish; he is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.” Ouch, I would say that is lazy! So if a sluggard is the one who is lazy then what does the Bible say about a sluggard?…Proverbs 6:9 – “How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep?” I’m thinking this is not a good thing! So then I looked up one more definition and this is what Merriam Webster says, “a property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force. ”
Hmm, so that got me to thinking a little more and this is what I decided about myself, I am remaining still at rest and not moving my body on a daily basis which will leave me unchanged and could turn me into a sluggard so I need an external force to get me moving. Well I certainly don’t want that because I’ve been there, done that before and that’s why I am not at a healthy weight today. So I went through a time of thinking about this situation and I kept telling myself that I needed to get back into my exercise routine. Every morning I would plan it in my head and then I would go to work and come home and realize I had done nothing. That went on for a while and in my head I had great intentions. I would plan it out well as to the time of my workout and what I would do and everything. But alas, nothing. Each day I would come home and be too tired to do anything after working all day. Well to add to my problem, my weight started creeping back up because in the midst of my non-activity I was also making some very unwise food decisions.
It finally occurred to me that when you get off of a routine it is hard to get back started the longer you are off that routine. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit and I’m convinced it only takes about 3 days to lose that habit. Well I needed to get back to my routine. I was reminded of what Proverbs 24:16 a says “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again.” I needed to rise again, I needed to get back up, I needed to find my motivation! Interestingly when I looked at the definition for motivation in the Merriam Webster Dictionary, it says “the act or process of motivating”, then the second definition says “a motivating force, stimulus, or influence”
Well that made sense to me especially in relation to the Merriam Webster definition of inertia, let’s read that definition one more time “a property of matter by which it remains at rest or in uniform motion in the same straight line unless acted upon by some external force. ” I needed motivation to be my external force but for days I was looking in the wrong place. I was thinking I could do it on my own. I was thinking that I just needed to get back up already! Well of course, I failed. I was depending on myself, my own efforts, my own motivation that was basically non existent at that point. I had used all the “stress” excuses and all the “I’ll start tomorrow, today, in an hour, next week, Monday, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera” (in the voice of Yul Brynner of course).
I had to go back to find my original motivation and here it is right here…1 Corinthians 6: 19, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you,whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your body.” That is my motivation, that gives me my “want to”! I think I had forgotten that simple verse in the midst of the inertia and excuses. Yes it’s hard to get back up when you fall down, but it doesn’t take long to get back into a routine. It just takes having motivation and “want to”. My motivation is to honor God with my body and that is exactly what I intend to do on a daily basis. I got back started just yesterday but now that I have confessed before God and man and made the decision to “GET BACK UP ALREADY” I think I will be okay. So is there anything hindering you today from getting back up and exercising and making healthy food choices? I encourage you to find your motivation in God’s Word and let Him be your external force to get you back up again.