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"Gym Vision" How to Avoid Comparison at the Gym

brittany frey

We’ve all heard it. Comparison is the thief of joy. How true is that! Do you ever ask, how do I practically guard my heart and mind against comparison? The Bible guards against comparing ourselves to one another and says doing so is unwise. .
I just love working out. Gym workouts truly are a time of restoration physically and spiritually. I enjoy the peace, being able to put in my earbuds, listen to podcasts or worship music on the treadmill. I realized one day I was working out, how completely vulnerable I am to comparing myself to others. One day in particular, I was on the stairmill, looked up and began admiring/ comparing my body to another girl. I went from being at peace with me to feeling defeated & envious. YUCK! The Lord quickly showed me that what I call admiring was actually comparing. Because I went from simply noticing another’s’ physique, to comparing it to my own body and calling mine bad. That thinking is not healthy nor is it holy. I took this before the Lord and asked for help. He gave me what I call a ‘gym vision’. I asked him to give me the ability to experience complete and total tunnel vision with my physical eyes and peace while I’m working out. I prayed not be able to notice the physical bodies around me, or even look too much at my own body, but rather I would see with 20/20 vision & spirit. That I would be able to see others as God sees them. I asked if he would open my heart and keep me from seeing a person in the physical only, but allow me to see others spiritually. I asked the Lord to draw me to people who need prayer and cause me to instantly pray for them despite my feelings of shyness, rejection, or fear. I asked him to draw me to those who needed an encouraging word. He has certainly done this for me & I believe He can do this for you! ➡️Romans12:2|1 Timothy 4:8| Galatians 6:4-5,”Each of you must examine your own actions. Then you can be proud of your own accomplishments without comparing yourself to others.Assume your own responsibility. “💪🏼

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