As I sit at my kitchen table this morning thinking about this week and even the last year, my mind continues to prompt me of how little control we have over our lives. There are two lies we tend to believe about ourselves and the world around us. These two lies cut us off from the grace and freedom that Christ offers through His Son.
The first is the lie of self-autonomy. This tells us that we are able to do as we please without answering to those around us or above us. We forget that we belong to a God who created each human being for a unique purpose and has complete control over our lives. Some may quiver at the idea of not having control, but if you think deeper it may comfort you to realize this control is not one that limits us. It actually frees us to live a full life pleasing to the Lord. Our weakness, performance, and desires are no longer limited, but completely consumed by the strength, ability, and plan of the Almighty God. When we submit to becoming a living sacrifice to the Lord, our lives will start to look a lot more like Jesus’ life and shouldn't that be our main goal? Paul David Tripp says it best,
“In a world where you are on your own, where you have to find your own way and independently build your life, weakness is a thing to be feared. In a world where all you have in the end is your thinking, your drive, your performance, and your achievements, weakness is a thing to be regretted. In a world where you have no one to turn to for strength and few who accept you when you don't have it, weakness is a thing to be avoided. What you need to avoid is your delusions of strength. Those assessments of independent strength are much more dangerous. Sin has left us weak of heart and hands, but God’s grace makes weakness a thing to be feared no longer. Grace frees me from being devastated that I can no longer trust me because grace connects me to the One who is worthy of my trust and who will always deliver what I need.”
The second lie we tend to believe about the human experience is that we are able to be self-sufficient. This message leads us to believe we have all the resources within ourselves to live as we were meant to live and do what we were meant to do. It should be obvious to us, especially after this week, that this worldview is broken. As humans, we are subject to many things that are out of our control whether that be sickness, natural disasters, physical limitations, or relational circumstances. The truth is we were created to be dependent on purpose. God uses these things to remind us of how immensely dependent we are on Him and those around us. Our dependency should not be pushed away or avoided. It should be embraced and valued as Christ did. Even Jesus taught about His dependency on the Father and submitted to the will of God so that salvation would be made possible. Imagine if Christ had not acknowledged the Father’s authority and humbled Himself to death on the cross? Where would we be without the example of Christ washing the disciples feet? If Christ lived a life of dependency on the Father and His disciples, how much more should we submit ourselves to Him? Because of Christ’s humility, Almighty God ultimately raised Him to sit at His right hand for eternity and used His death to reconcile each of us to Himself. Christ now advocates on our behalf, passing on His righteousness to us. Our pride should fall away and our crowns be laid at the foot of Jesus for this truth has made our way out of our weakness.
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As we head into the holidays, we reflect on the goodness of God and His plan to redeem His beloved creation. The foundation of our Christian faith is based in the virgin birth of Christ. God the Father sent His Son to the Earth, free from the sinful nature of humanity, to provide a way for us to be in right standing with Christ. Christmas is the time we celebrate God stepping into His creation to live life beside us and become even more intricately woven with His people. His birth signifies God keeping His promise to crush the head of Satan and bring us back to eternal fellowship with Him in heaven.
Christmas is a magical time of year for many reasons, but let's not forget the real reason for all the celebration. Allow the Christmas story to align our hearts with Christ and move into a new year filled with the hope of the coming Savior.
Although shin splints are relatively common, doctors have not been able to determine their direct cause. Most people who suffer from shin splints experience pain between their knee and ankle. The pain is thought to be originating from the muscles attach to the shin. Athletes seem to have a higher likelihood of suffering from this condition, leading us to believe that high impact activities put stress on these muscles. Doctors have not identified a cure, but have been able to help patients relieve and prevent worse pain through stretches and exercises that strengthen the muscles.
Shin Splint Exercises
1. Calf Raises- By strengthening the calf, you will be able to take some of the pressure off of the shin alleviating some shin pain.
2. Kneeling Shin Stretch- This stretch aims to work the front of the anterior tibialis muscle to relieve shin pain.
3. Gastrocnemius Calf Stretch- Strengthens the back of the lower leg in order to remove the pressure.
4. Achilles Tendon Standing Stretch- This stretch helps the Achilles Tendon work more effectively therefore the shin is not overcompensating.
Shin Splint Prevention
Doctors think shin splints are an overuse injury that affects people who work too often, too fast, or too hard. Because of this, it is important to give your body an ample amount of rest and make sure your muscles are able to recover. There are a couple of recommendations experts believe help those who suffer.
1. Properly fitting footwear- Wearing shoes that support your feet and provide cushion can help soften the impact of high-intensity training.
2. Exercises- Doctors often suggest the strengthening exercises above to help take the pressure off the overused muscles attached to the shin.
Typically, recovery will take anywhere from 1-3 months. This is dependent on age, health, and condition of the person impaired. A patient should allow ample time to recover without causing more damage by continuing to exercise.
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