Get On Top Of It

There are better Spin instructors than me. Many instructors at the YMCA are true cyclists who ride there very nice road bikes for miles and miles every week.

I have an old mountain bike in my garage from college.

I’ve ridden it three times.

A true cyclist I may not be, but I don’t claim to be either. Good thing that is not a requirement of a Spin instructor.

But what I can offer is encouragement. If you come to my class, I am going to tell you how great you’re doing. How hard you’re working. How healthy your heart is. How good you will feel. And how proud I am of you. (for what that’s worth)

And I have a few tag lines that automatically come out of my mouth when teaching:

* Go! Get after it!
* Whoo!
* You’re not tired.
* Get on it! Don’t let it get on top of you!

The last line is where I’ve been. Trying to stay on top of it.

The “it” can be anything. In a Spin class, it may be a sprint, a climb or a time trial.

In daily life, it may be parenting your children, being intentional in your marriage, your finances, family relationships. Or spiritual warfare.

I started the summer sprinting as fast as my little seven’s could pedal and now I am having to tell myself, “Get back on it, Becky! Don’t let it get on top of you!”

I don’t want to give too much credit to my Adversary because Jesus defeated him on the Cross. I live victoriously in this life.

But. The enemy sure has given us the ‘biz this week.

Brent and I have had conflict. My boys have been at each other’s throat. Brent lost his wallet. And his keys. We had dead birds in our bathroom vent. We’ve encountered unexpected, large expenses …. On and on. And on.

Did I walk in the power of the Holy Spirit 100% of the time this week? Um, no.

I allowed my circumstances to climb on top of me. And weigh me down. I’ve cried. I’ve yelled at my boys. Snapped at my husband. Looked to ice cream for comfort. And I may have even cursed.

“Get back on top of it.”

The Word of God tells me…

In all things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37

Take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, stand firm. Ephesians 6:13

For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith. 1 John 5:4

Therefore be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord. Romans 15:58

This is true of me. And you. We are immovable in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s when I’m in my own efforts, my own strength that I can’t stand up.

It is so important to remember who I am in Christ and to allow the Word of God encourage me out of a pit. And to remind myself that I have the victory. I am an overcomer. I am a conqueror. And I am steadfast.

Doing this is much more effective than ice cream.

Stand up. Get on top of it.

And don’t let it get on top of you.


{I am so enjoying your “Significant Summer: How’s It Going?” feedback. I am still accepting and compiling your comments! They have been so great! If you’ve written a blog on summer activities, let me know that, as well. I will link to your blog from here. Thanks!}

One thought on “Get On Top Of It

  1. Becky I needed your encouraging words this morning because I am not "Getting on top of it" I am letting it lay on top of me and slowly choke the last bit of encouragement out of me! I have had the pretty much the why bother attitude as you know already because it will just last a month or so and come right back to this state. I will take your words becky and use them today to better my relationship and not just check out! I love you and you are an awesome spin instructor it takes more than just riding a bike! love Tracie C.

I means so much to hear from you!

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