20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Did you know that you can take any tree and turn it into a bonsai tree?
All you have to do is train the tree to stay small – prune it on a regular basis, wrap wire around the branches, and restrict its growth by planting it in a confined environment.
I believe that God blessed my wife Hannah and me with a child that would be born with limitations; so that we would be reminded not to live with a limited mindset.
Our son Levi was born with a condition called TAR syndrome which is a rare genetic disorder that’s associated with both bone and blood abnormalities.
He’s missing his radius bone in each arm (one of the bones in your forearm that extends from your elbow to your thumb), and he has low platelets (which helps your blood clot and stops bleeding).
The great thing about babies is that they don’t know that they are supposed to feel sorry for themselves. Levi doesn’t have a victim’s mentality rather he has a positive perspective and childlike faith that allows him to test boundaries, push through barriers, and set new PR’s (personal records) daily.
Imagine if we chose to get better and not become bitter if we looked at life not as what happens to us but rather what happens for us and in us; if we looked at every obstacle and saw it as an opportunity to grow our roots, strengthen our faith, and develop our relationship with God.
DNS training (Developmental Neuromuscular Stabilization) has gained some traction in the fitness and physical therapy community. In short, it assesses your movement based on that of an infant.
Can you do basic movements that a baby can do – crawl, get off the ground, and move without pain or dysfunction?
It sounds silly, but I think that this is a great way that we should not only train but live. If we would return to our roots and learn to move, think, and live without limitations, then we can operate out of love, freedom, and holiness.
The problem that most Christian and fitness enthusiasts have: isn’t that they aren’t saved or aren’t showing up to the gym – it’s that they aren’t growing in their faith or aren’t properly progressing in their training program.
It’s interesting to see how some people will allow their situation to stunt their growth while others will find strength in their struggle.
We were not created to live or train like a bonsai tree.
So guard your roots, remove your restrictions, and condition yourself to overcome every challenge by reminding yourself that – you are a child of God, created in his image, and given unlimited potential – the Holy Spirit.
Love For His People Editor’s Note: This website is by our son-in-law Jonathan Avalos (Hannah). His son (our 7th grandchild) Levi is featured in the video. Steve Martin, President