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Weekly Favorite Links (April 9-16, 2015)

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Sorry this weekly favorites post was late, guys! I’ll make it up to you soon. It’ll be a surprise. 🙂

Something I’ve realized, after taking my half-marathon training a bit more seriously this week, is that I hate to exercise alone. I much prefer exercising with at least one more person. It can be a bit humbling, but I need accountability. I lack discipline when it’s just me, myself, and I. I can easily talk myself out of running that extra mile or doing a few more reps. I’d much prefer being a bed potato and choosing to nap instead of venturing outside. It’s so much more painful and difficult (and lonely, too) when there’s zero accountability. I mean, it’s not that I couldn’t exercise alone, but it’s just so much better to do it with others.

I have more motivation and energy when I’m working out with someone. When I’m with others, I know I need to suck it up. Don’t complain; endure the soreness and keep going. When one person is on the verge of giving up, the other can support and encourage them to continue. And when the workout’s over, we can cheer and do little happy dances, or crash onto the floor. Together.

The Christian life is also just like training for a half-marathon, except the prize and stakes are higher. And others running it can definitely tell you that accountability with others is a necessity, not an option. We need to make it across that finish line, because we’re promised to receive the crown of life from our Lord and Savior. We must learn to be patient with the sanctification process along the way in order to be reunited with Christ. It’s not meant to be a sprint, but a test of endurance and faith. It’s an arduous race, but when we reach the end, it will be a sweet, glorious reunion. Persevere, persevere, persevere.

Like the saying goes: no pain, no gain.

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Weekly Favorite Links (March 19-25, 2015)

I miss fall.

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I recently took an assessment test for work. Ever since I discovered the Myers-Briggs test several years ago, I’ve been intrigued with taking personality assessments and learning more about myself. It’s interesting that there’s still so much to unravel about my personality as I get older, including all my strengths and weaknesses. It surprises me that there are parts about myself that remain a mystery, and will only be revealed over time. After all, we’re constantly maturing and changing, too.

Before taking the test, there were certain traits that I sort of knew I had, but it wasn’t until after the report came out that there was greater awareness and clarity in terms of pinpointing exactly what some of those traits were. One of the newfound realizations from that assessment, though, was that I’m very adaptable in social situations and am always eager to assist others. This could be an asset and a weakness. It’s a strength in situations where it involves caring and serving people, and making sure that all their needs are taken care of. I have a pretty assertive and proactive nature; I’m unafraid of taking initiatives in any environment. On the flip side, it can be a potential weakness when it comes to conflicts and confrontations, depending on the circumstances.

I tend to anticipate possible issues and will want to do my best to deter them. In situations where conflicts do arise, my first instinct tells me to run and avoid all possible conflicts, even if I know in my head that it’d be better for me to take care of things as soon as possible. Or I’ll withhold speaking my mind and sharing my personal thoughts in order to avoid conflicts, thereby preventing any sort of negative impact on others. I guess another way of looking at it, perhaps from a more scriptural standpoint, is that I fear man and want to please man. I am afraid of ruffling feathers, afraid of failing to meet the expectations of people — even random strangers. My pride gets the best of me and I seek to preserve my image. I will adapt to cater to people because I want them to affirm and praise me, and I get anxious when it’s a challenge to do so.

Taking this assessment was a blessing because it helped me recognize areas that I needed further growth in. Thankfully, the realizations also came at the perfect time, since I was being thrust into situations where I just. couldn’t. please. everyone. But through this learning experience, I’ve come to appreciate the help of wiser, older family and friends on how to confront and deal with conflicts, even if it’s hard. Now that it’s all passed, I can look back and praise God for how blessed I am for having gone through that entire difficult, complicated ordeal. God is so good. Why do I ever doubt that truth in the first place?

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