Lean into the Stretch

Lean into the Stretch

“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.” – Hebrews 12:11 When I was a teenager, I took lessons in a form of Korean martial arts called TaeKwonDo. I had a great coach whose name was Master Miley, and he taught me, my brother, and my stepmom to be champs. He was always pushing us to go farther and aim higher. Unfortunately, I was never much of a fan of stretching, which happens to be how we started every class. One day in particular, Master Miley called out across the room, “Schuller! Go deeper into your stretch!” And I said, “But it hurts!” And he said, “Schuller, it’s not stretching if it doesn’t hurt a little.” Though I didn’t think much of that phrase at the time, it has become

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