A few months ago I listened to these men share about their experience preparing for and competing in an IRONMAN race. The first thing that ran through my mind was, Holy Cow! These guys are insane! Some of them have actually completed more than one IRONMAN. The commitment involved in preparing for something like this is amazing.
Each man talked about the amount of time they spent each day exercising……even when they didn’t feel like it, they knew that in order to meet the challenge they had to follow through on the exercise routine outlined for that day.
They shared how they mentally prepared for the race. Attitude and mental outlook were vital to success.
What they ate to get their bodies physically prepared for such a rigorous test of endurance was also important.
There was a spiritual part of this adventure as well. Each man had a scripture verse that they focused on as they prepared.
Every single guy said there was no way they could have accomplished completing the IRONMAN without the support and encouragement of their wife and family.
Since my life revolves around helping people have strong marriages and families, I couldn’t help but think of the parallels to married life and raising children.
The discipline these men exhibited as they prepared is similar to the disciplined required to make a marriage work day in and day out. The understanding and willingness of spouses and families to go along for the ride. Marriage definitely has its ups and downs, but in the end the ride is worth it. The spiritual impact, the words that encouraged them to finish the race. Every marriage could benefit from spiritual encouragement. The amount of time they put in to accomplish their goal. If couples spent even half that amount of time focused on growing their marriage, my gut tells me that many marriages would be in a much better place. The celebration of a huge accomplishment. So often couples get in a routine and rarely think to celebrate what they have together or what they have accomplished.
What if couples preparing for marriage and those who are already married focused on the very things these guys did to prepare for the IRONMAN?
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I know it would make a difference in my own marriage. What about yours?