Last night on our Strong page on Facebook, I posted about someone somewhere is watching you, and that our actions and attitude can either motivate or de-motivate someone, so lets be good models, be someone's hero.
This morning, I ask the Lord to use me once again to touch someone else and to make me a vessel of His Love to my students. Sure enough right after my morning Zumba Gold class, this sweet lady came up to me and told me she took my class just once months ago somewhere else, then I stopped teaching there. Ever since she has been looking for me, determined to find me, she ended up in my Gold class today, she's not even a YMCA member, yet anyway. Note that I noticed this lovely lady's smile while we were "wobbling" and its not like just any random smile, it had something else behind that smile (yes, we do the Wobble at my Gold class, we are GROOVY like that! LOL) She went on to say that she loved my spirit the first and only time she took my class; she can feel it when I teach. At this time she had me tearing..... I took the time to talk to her and found out she was a breast cancer survivor, lymphoma cancer survivor and she is currently battling a brain tumor. Oh my! What a tough lady! I told her, "God must think you are really strong!" She just had this sweet smile, like nothing can keep her down.
See what I mean about someone watching you and being inspired by you? I didn't know she was looking for me, someone might be looking for YOU too! You can share Love at your work, at school, in the mall, the gym, wherever it might be. Give LIFE to someone, it starts with a smile and a sincere heart. And you know what? Yes, she received from me, she's very happy she found me, but I am the blessed one, I received more from her, I too, am happy and thankful she didn't give up looking for me.
My heart leaps when I hear things like this, but my head never swells, because I know its NOT about me, its about the hearts we touch daily and most importantly, its about the Love of God. I am only doing my job as His servant. "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men," Colossians 3:23 ESV
I prayed to be a vessel of His Love this morning.... we ended our conversation with an invite to our church and she will be coming this Sunday. The Lord is good, He answers prayers quickly when you pray according to HIS will. Thank you Jesus!
I won't bore you with my introduction, I just want to present to you a testimony that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you Rebecca, I know your story will inspire someone to have their own life changing story....
"After 3 babies in 4 years and a lifetime struggling with my weight I finally decided it was time for a change. I wanted not just to lose weight, not just a diet, but a lifestyle change that would be permanent. At 33 years old I decided it was time to make exercise a regular part of my life for the first time. I have chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, asthma, 4 kids, a busy life and a million excuses to not take care of myself and find time to exercise but I decided the time for excuses was over. I had joined the YMCA and started to try new things but found that I felt confused about what to do and how to do it. I decided if this was really going to be a permanent lifestyle change, I needed to invest in someone to help me. I signed up for personal training with Kat and it has been completely worth the investment. With Kat's help in 3 1/2 months I have lost 27lbs and in just 8 weeks I lost 21" off my body! I lost 11 lbs doing the 21 day Belly Blast diet and found that eating clean has a tremendously positive impact on managing my fibromyalgia. I am down 2 full dress sizes and fitting into all my pre-baby clothes! I'm excited to to continue, not just to lose the next 50lbs I need to, but because I am amazed at how much stronger I have already become and want to see how far I can go! I know this is not a short term "fix" but the start of a lifelong journey to health. Kat has a wonderful gift, she is able to push you to try new things and test your limits in a way that helps inspire you achieve your goals. You know that Kat truly cares and wants you to reach your healthiest potential - physically, mentally & spiritually. "
I like this too....
"Oh and I forgot to tell you this morning... I tried on clothes on Saturday and I fit in to "normal" size clothes! As someone who has been in plus size clothing since middle school (other than a few years here and there...) it is a huge deal to fit into normal misses clothing! I am still on the edge and have a ways to go but it felt really good! I almost texted you from the dressing room :)"
, KAT Johnson, CPT, FNE