Why am I finally choosing fitness? I just turned 55 years old, after all. Isn’t it time to slow down and enjoy?
NO WAY! (Besides, I wasn’t really enjoying; I was actually kind of miserable.)
And how in the world might fitness tie into faith and forever?
Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. And they were bought at a tremendous, incalculable price. (Click link for the verse!)
We, the body of the church, are God’s temple and sacred. If we don’t each care for our own bodies, we weaken the body of the church.
We are to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice. Think about that for a minute. Would you offer the Lord anything less than your very best?
Beyond all this, I have several autoimmune conditions that just are a fact of my life. I have a congenital heart rhythm issue (PSVT). I am legally blind. I was morbidly obese. I was at the point where doing any service for the Lord was becoming virtually impossible.
I want to serve! If my only service is to offer a smile to folks, I want to feel well enough to do it.
Sure, I can’t fix the vision issues or the heart problem. Every doctor I have seen has said that losing weight and changing my diet could make a difference in a lot of my issues. It just seemed so impossible.
The Lord, in His infinite wisdom and perfect timing, provided me with an opportunity in early January. I was given an 8-week enrollment in a challenge that emphasizes a different kind of eating, moving and dealing with the issues that get me into trouble with the food.
It has only been 5 weeks and I feel great. With every workout, I thank Jesus for giving my body the strength to do it — especially since just a few months ago the doctors told me I was well on my way to death’s door.
So does fitness fit with faith and with forever?