The Challenge of Being Challenged!

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Challenge Completed! (Read Day 1 “OK, Honey. Challenge Accepted!”)

Yesterday marked the final round of a throw down challenge with my husband.  His was a physical cleanse, mine was an emotional purge, figuratively speaking, as I blogged each of those days. He lost 27.5 lbs. and I gained awareness to 27.5 (at least) character defects I must now work on. Seriously!

I’m obsessive, insecure, prideful, anxious, overbearing, timid, empty, doubtful, complacent yet never satisfied over every single syllable.  More than daily, I threatened to withdraw, press into lies and excuses rather than press into growth.  Grateful for the accountability stamina of my cohort, I pushed forward and learned some valuable lessons.

Challenges are meant to expose insecurities and the lies that have been embedded into our heart creating obstacles that keep us from achieving a fullness in Christ.

Challenges exercise our talents, strengthen the dormant muscles of our mental and emotional being and reveal to us a character made in the image of Christ that only can be forged in stepping out in faith and pressing on.

Challenges reveal our ease of failure when going it alone and confirm our utter necessity to be entangled with support from other Christ followers who also want what God wants for us.

Accountability is rich in relationship, prosperous growth and designed by God who said “it is not good for man to be alone.”  Who do you have challenging you to do more, be more and grow more?

1Thessalonians 5:7 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

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