Working out for Jesus?

I’m not a real fan of working out and I’m a bit of a carboholic, which can lead to some undesirable results. To ensure that I continue to be in good health, I’ve kept up the workout habit I was forced to begin in Israel. It began with bribery – if I got up every morning for a week and walked before work I could treat myself to Barnes & Noble. To make things even more fun, my friend Britney joined me. I also forced my little dog, Jackie to come, because she had put on a few pounds, according to the vet. It was either working out or less treats. She voted to walk.

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Jackie is a couch potato

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She was ready to go back home LOL

Why are we talking about exercise on a Christian blog? Well there are a few reasons.

  • Our body is a temple, which that means God expects us to maintain and take care of it.
  • We are called to run the race and that’s hard to do when you’re laying on the couch binge watching Netflix. (Note: there is no judgment – I just discovered Designated Survivor and am convinced I time-traveled. LOL)
  • Exercise can also be a time to worship

 

Our body is a temple. God has plans for all of us (Jeremiah 29:11) but His plans require us to be disciplined and take care so that we are ready when He calls us.

I hope running the race is figurative because I am NOT a runner but I want to be active. I love to travel and I want to be able to explore new places and meet new people and spread the Gospel.

I admit I was not thrilled with getting up earlier and walking. I didn’t think it would make much a difference but I was wrong. It started as two friends talking and then it became a prayer walk. We shared our lives and then prayed over things we shared. It became a way to share praises of how God was working in our lives or how beautiful the sunrise was that morning.

I found that the more I walked, the stronger my quiet times became. I dug into the Word and prayed harder. I’ve begun seeing God in a new way. Now, I’ve found myself walking alone and either praying or reflecting on who God is.

Let us know how you connect exercise and worship. Any tips for a newbie? As always, we love hearing from y’all.

2 thoughts on “Working out for Jesus?

  1. I keep thinking that I need to consider my health for Jesus. That maybe it will help me make the better choices. The problem is in the moment I am not thinking about Jesus. I need to start thinking about him first. This is hard, but it’s definite goal.

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    • Thanks for the comment! I’d recommend that you start by focusing on some scripture about your body being a temple and meditate on it. I recommend 1 Corinthians 6:19. Write it somewhere you can see it and reflect on it. It might help change your mindset and help make healthier choices.

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