Most people know Jillian Michaels. She is one of the trainers on the reality TV show Biggest Loser. She has a variety of training/workout videos and is a motivational speaker. I own a Jillian Michaels DVD called, 30 Day Shred. A couple months ago, I was working out to the video, and in Level 1 she said, “Don’t stop! When it gets hard, that’s when change happens.”
That really hit home for me, for a few reasons. Five years ago, I lost over 70 lbs, through healthy eating and exercise. Unfortunately, due to depression and illness, I gained some weight back. Yet, this year, through lots of hard work, gruelling videos, miles running, and healthy eating, I was able to shed 25 lbs prior to my surgery in June. Ya, that’s pretty awesome! And the best thing about it, is how good I feel when I am healthy.
But what really hit me about that statement, is how true it is for LIFE. In life, when things get really difficult, that’s when change happens. It’s true in our work life, home life, personal life and ministry life. Ever notice that?
Sometimes God takes us through difficult periods, or seasons. Ya, I’m with you, I really wish He wouldn’t. Yet, when we come out the other side, are we not stronger? Just like working out, when it gets really, really, hard…change happens.
Makes me think of my depression. Yes, it was hell. No, I never want to go back there, nor would I wish it on anyone. But I am definitely stronger and forever changed because of it. For that I am grateful.
So when things get hard, remember that this is when change happens. You may not like it, but do your best to embrace it. Whatever is waiting for you on the other side, will be worth it.
What have you been through that has made you stronger?