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Coach T discusses Pain In The GYM and how we should respond. (Time: Less than 2 minutes)

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Coach T discusses Pain In The GYM and how we should respond. (Time: Less than 2 minutes)

Minister Fitness in The GYM with Coach T (Taurus M. James)

Do you expect Pain in God's GYM?

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Today, I want to talk to you about, "PAIN in The GYM."

When I go to the YMCA, or go to a gym, to actually work out, one thing that I'm sure to encounter at some point is pain. When I counter a pain in the gym, while I'm working out, it makes me pause for a second. It makes me aware that something is needed. Basically, it lets me know that I need to pay particular attention to whatever it is and wherever that pain is.

In the context of God You and the Mission (The GYM), do you expect pain? Do you expect pain in God's gym?

Many times, as Christ-followers in God's GYM,we tend to think that pain shouldn't be there. There should be no pain.

But I want you to realize this: when you go to a gym and you go and work out anywhere physically, most of the time it is expected that you are going to encounter pain at some point.

When you encounter pain inGod's GYM, I want you to think like this:

Prayerful Action Is Needed

Again, Prayerful Action Is Needed.

A lot of times, when we go through our day-to-day life in The GYM - in the context of God You and the Mission - we fail to realize that pain is something that God uses in order to get our personal attention.

So, remember: Prayerful Action Is Needed whenever you encounter pain in God's GYM.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, leave them right here at

Grace and Peace! Take care of yourself until next time.


What is PAIN

A quick lookup using Google provided the following:



1. physical suffering or discomfort caused by illness or injury.

"she's in great pain"

synonyms: suffering, agony, torture, torment, discomfort

2. careful effort; great care or trouble.

"she took pains to see that everyone ate well"

synonyms:care, effort, bother, trouble

"he took great pains to hide his feelings"

Expect Pain In The GYM

Whenever I work out physically, I know that there is always the potential for me to encounter pain. In fact, I expect to experience pain at some oint. That doesn't mean that I look forward to injusing myself. However, I do understand that I am a human, learning new things, while training to Get FIT and Stay FIT.

You don't expect pain In The GYM?

The truth is, In The GYM - God You Mission - PAIN, must be expected. Not only must you expect pain in the GYM, you must also respond to it.


Respond To Pain In The GYM

The moment I feel pain during a physical workout, I pause. I stop whatever action I was doing and attend to the area in which I felt the pain. Many times, my quickest response topain is grabbing the affected area.

In the context of the GYM - God, You , Mission - your response to pain is required. 

I "see" it like this...

Pain gets my attention. in fact, pain demands my immediate attention. I have learned that God uses pain to do just that - get my attention. So, here is what PAIN means for me...





Not just any action is needed. PRAYERFUL ACTION IS NEEDED!

Pain Helps You Get FIT and Stay FIT


Think about the second definition for pain above. Prayerful Action Is Needed means "careful effort" and INTENTIONAL, deliberate action is th required response. Used by God In The GYM, PAIN TEACHES us Awareness on a different level. You can learn a deeper awareness of yourself and of God.

Remember, being FIT is all about being Faithful, Intentional and Teachable.In The GYM, God uses pain to TEACH you about yourself and Him.With your continued Prayerful Action in response to pain, you demonstrate being INTENTIONAL and FAITHFUL.

Sometimes, when I encounter Prayerful Action Is Needed, I learn to stop doing what caused the pain for me in the first place. I tried sprinting once without warming up properly and i pulled a hamstring. The pain I experienced taught me to be faithful and deliberate about stretching.

Prayerful Action Is Needed

Not all pain you encounter in the GYM will affect you directly, but it will still require your response. Remember, Prayerful Action Is Needed when you encounter pain affecting someone else in the GYM. As a minister, you tend to the needs of others. That's your mission. Generally speaking, that's what God built you for.

in The GYM, expect pain. When you encounter pain, respond.

Remember, Prayerful Action Is Needed.

Go minister  

You are Always in The GYM

Are You FIT?

To be fit is to be of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose. It is not enough to say that you are fit. It is not enough to appear to be fit.

Fitness requires Faithful action.
Fitness requires Intentional action.
Fitness requires that you remain Teachable.

Are You FIT?

This is a question I continue to ask myself. I never really feel like I am fit to be a minister for Christ, but I continue to trust that He is making me what He wants me to be. Nevertheless, I use this question to examine myself periodically going to God and asking Him if I am fit for His purpose

Minister Fitness in The GYM with Coach T (Taurus M. James)

Always In The GYM with Coach T aka Rev. Taurus M. James

Video recorded: 11/22/2015 11:57 AM EST 

Thought Questions

1. Which points did you find most impactful? Why?

2. What did the Lord reveal to you through this message? (Did you gain a specific insight into your life or ministry? What challenged you? Were you convicted of sin?)

3. How were you encouraged through this message? How can you use what you've learned to encourage someone else—in your personal life, at work, or at church—and equip them as a disciple of Christ?

4. How, practically, can you implement what you heard from this message in your life and/or ministry today? What will you do differently this week because of what you've just heard?

5. If you're struggling with your physical health, take the initial step of going to the doctor for a check up. Find a member of your church who loves working out and partner up with them—go on a run, bike ride, or weight train together. Allow exercise to be a method of discipleship.

Keywords: Pain, Prayerful Action Is Needed



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