My wife came to me with those 5 dreaded words “We should start working out”. Wait…what?!? Am I being punished? What did I do to deserve this? Apparently there is this thing where people run, and workout, to be healthy and whatnot. Yeah, I know, it didn’t sound like a real thing to me either. The bible actually speaks about it I Corinthians 6:19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, with you, whom you have from God. You are not your own.
So she convinced me to start running around the neighborhood like some kind of psychopath. Here’s the thing, if you go running with me you better be prepared to walk…like a lot. Crazy thing is the more I did it the better I felt. I started to lose weight. The more I did it the longer I could run without my heart feeling like it would explode out of my chest. Your body is a fined tuned machine that God created. He gave you the tools, the wisdom, and the resources to keep it in tip top condition. Working out your body is only part of complete fitness. You have to work out your mind and most importantly, your spiritual health. They all need constant reps to build muscles and get stronger. If you are weak in anger, how about working out your relaxation muscles. If you have a problem with lust, do 10 sets of 10 to build up your purity muscles. You spending too much money, dust off the money saving workout machines and get to work. The bad habits seem hard to stop because we have worked them out so long and with such frequency they are inhumanly strong. Science proves that exercising just 10 minutes a day raises your risk of posting inspirational posts on social media (I may have made this up, and I also may have gotten C’s in Science).
Ephesians 6:10 says to be strong in the Lord. What’s that you say…how do you get strong? Glad you asked. Study your bible. Learn and memorize verses to repeat in times of weakness and troubles. Pray for someone else. Give away something you really need/want, and do not expect anything in return and don’t tell anyone that you did it. Then tomorrow do it all over again. Then when you have those few things down to where you are doing them out of habit; Switch it up and find some other ways to please the Lord. And then do those on a regular basis. Start off with just one or two things you want to work on. Get those down to a science, then find something else you want to work on. Do all of these things. Run, work out, study, serve and you will be flexing those physical and spiritual muscles in no time. Now don’t get me wrong I have a dad bod. I am always notoriously eating bad food. All those foods you see in the documentaries they say to stay away from. I am eating those 2 to 3 times a week. It got so bad I just told people that I used to weigh 350 pounds so they could tell me how good I looked even though I was overweight (I didn’t do this, but I was very tempted cause people can make you feel so bad about yourself for being overweight). I’m not where I want to be but I am not where I used to be. It took me a while to get this bad so it will take me a bit to reverse the process. I am not giving up. Step out of your comfort zone and do not be afraid to try something new. Trust me I know about fear. My biggest fear is that my wife will say something crazy like “Let’s cut sugar out of our diet”, and I have to leave with the kids in the middle of the night. I am not an expert. But like most people I know what I am supposed to do, I just do not do it. Sometimes it is easier to just be lazy and pick up a burger and watch 5 consecutive episodes the Walking Dead. But we owe it to God to try to take care of what he has given us. Be good stewards and honor him with our bodies, mind, and spiritual health. So let’s get up and work out.