07 Aug Being Better Than I was Yesterday
Happy Friday, y’all!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
– Hebrews 13:8
About 2 years ago, there was a 4-5 year old little boy sitting in the waiting area of my gym. The WOD that day had a 400m run in it and the waiting area was right beside the door where the athletes would run in and out to complete the WOD. I had just arrived early for my workout and sat down to put on my shoes when a woman ran past me to complete her final 400m run of the WOD. The little boy stood up, grinned as big as he could and turned to me and said “That’s my mom!” He was so proud of his mother and couldn’t contain his excitement to share with me how great she was!
As the oldest of 4 daughters and a son, I didn’t know much about little boys when I first found out I was having one a year ago. This memory continued to pop into my head as I contemplated what being a boy mom would entail. I’ve always known I wanted to make my son proud of the efforts I put into taking care of my body, but having a baby is hard work, y’all. Half the time I walk into the gym, I feel like a floating blob of ughhh and the other half of the time I feel like I have energy, but I don’t want to expend all of it in a workout, so I just give it half of my effort…
This weekend, my close friend and Crossfit coach sat me down and had a little chat with me. She told me that it was time for me to step it up and give 100% instead of the 60-80% I have been giving in the gym. She told me that I have potential to do more and she’d like to see it. Post-baby me has been a little more lenient on the fitness-side of things. I’ve been far less consistent and far more relaxed when it comes to working my body and it’s time now for that to change. Instead of just trying to ‘get a sweat in’, I’ve decided to begin pushing myself to see what I can accomplish. I want to give little B-Man something to be proud of. Just like the little boy who saw his mom pushing herself to be better, I want B to look at me and say “That’s my mom!” Not just in the gym, but in life too.
On the wall of our gym is the saying “Be better than yesterday.” That saying always reminds me of Hebrews 13:8, one of my favorite verses that tells us that Jesus, who was perfectly free from sin, was the same man back then as He is today and as He will be tomorrow. I am so far away from perfect, so I believe that to strive to be like Him is to strive to be better than you were the day before. Luckily, if we don’t accomplish that, there is grace and forgiveness abundant and the sun will rise to a new day. And luckily for us, “His mercies are new every morning.”-Lamentations 3:22-23 so we can safely strive to “Be better than we were yesterday.”
I’ve decided to take that to heart and try and do one thing each day that I didn’t do yesterday. I want to apply this in all aspects of life. Whether it’s making my bed, running that extra mile, reaching out to one more student, wearing a dress instead of exercise clothes, putting my phone down for 30 more minutes to focus on my boy or serving my husband by doing those last few dishes, I want to be better than I was yesterday. And not in the “I need to be perfect” sense… that only brings disappointment and heartache, but in a way that allows me to be mindful of my place in this world and God’s place in my life.
So, as the start of the school year approaches, I’m making it my goal to be better than I was yesterday. And on those days where I just can’t do one more thing, I can always try to smile more. I think living with that in mind will give my little B Man something to be proud of.
What can you do today that makes your better than you were yesterday?