Lifting weights are one of my most favorite activities and have been doing it now for about 25 years. Being a bodybuilder and powerlifter takes a great amount of stamina and endurance, but also you also have to go through a lot of pain to get the results that you want. You have to change up your routines quite often so your body can grow different muscles and also add more reps and sets depending on what you are doing. One day upon leaving the gym, I had hopped on my bicycle to ride home and kept getting cramps in my calves and feet. We lived near the coast and all the neighborhoods were filled with little hills that seemed like mountains that day. It was hard for me to go to sleep that night, and kept waking up with Charlie horses. The next day it was even hard to walk from all the lifting in my new routine. I loved every minute of it regardless because I knew the end result would be worth it. Every time more weights were added, or pushing to get that extra repetition, running the extra couple feet with sweat drenched clothing, was worth it. Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great crowd of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he that endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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