For the last two and a half years, I have worked as a personal trainer with active, aging, older adults. Many of the older adults I work with are in poor health and looking for exercise to give them a better quality of life. As I have begun a career in this field, I have realized that God has deepened His gift of knowledge in me. Knowledge - one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit - is the ability to think about and explore God's revelation, and also to recognize that there are mysteries of faith beyond us.
Many times during my childhood and young adulthood, I wondered and prayed about where God was calling me in my career and how I could use my talent to the best of my ability. This has all became clearer as I struggled with many health problems. Over the last 31 years, I have undergone two heart transplants. Although there have been some very dark and hopeless times, I would never be where I am today in my career if I hadn’t gone through that.
Now that I look back on my many medical struggles, I realize that was God’s way of filling my spiritual heart with more compassion, love, and understanding for those who are going through the same things. I would never be able to relate to my clients like I do without personally experiencing those moments of desolation and moments of consolation.
Written by: Sarah Prenosil, Assistant Parish Ambassador Coordinator