Posted on April 19 2017
There has never been a time in history such as the one we live in now. We have access to almost anything or anyone through the internet, whether it be in Dallas Texas or Tokyo Japan. And why does that matter? Based on the Bible, we as Christians have an incredible mission of spreading the love of Christ to the whole world, but so few step up to the plate. If you are reading this than we can assume that you are involved in the fitness community in some form or another, and let’s be honest, it is not a beacon of light for humanity to look to. Unfortunately, fitness is evolving into an egocentric dimension that has no meaning. No matter what fitness modality you ascribe to, it’s all about “me, me, me”. We as Christians are called to live in the service of others, to uplift and love, but how often do we see that in fitness? For Christians, the fitness industry has led us astray to a life that is based on Instagram likes, big biceps, a nice butt, and total vanity. Don’t mistake this for saying any of those things are inherently wrong, but they are becoming idols of worship. We like to think “Well I’m a good Christian on Sunday or maybe even at work, but the gym? Well that’s my time to unwind.” Don’t get sucked into the madness! We were meant to be salt and light to the world not sweat and protein. The only way to break this cycle of complacency in our industry is to be agents of change in the most practical ways possible.
1. Take out your headphones!
Let’s be honest, for the most part a major reason for always having music on is so that no one will try to talk to you. As a follower of Christ, we must be ambassadors of God’s goodness and one of the most practical ways of doing that is talking to others and sharing what God has blessed you with. The best way to share the love of Christ is to listen and empathize with others. By taking away the loud music and distractions you can actually have time to invest in others’ lives while you are there.
2. Help others clean up!
We all know how it feels after deadlifting and you feel like you spend more time putting the weights way than you do lifting them. Help clean up their weight. It might seem like a strange thought to you now, but think about the opportunity you have to not only serve someone around you but also start a friendship. The only way to create a life of service, is to practice and make it a habit!
3. Encourage those around you!
Whether you work out with a friend, family member or even alone you can take the time to encourage someone around you. A “I really appreciate you always holding me accountable to getting better” or “Great job on that Back-Squat PR!” or even “Hey I see you in here sometimes and I just wanted to tell you to keep up the good work.” We all know the impact that encouragement plays on others and yourself, be an example and share love through it.
You might feel strange sometimes, like a fish swimming against the current, you are challenging the status quo and being an agent of change for good in this industry. We as Christians have a God who loves us so scandalously, so deeply, so passionately that we should have no greater desire than to tell others of the great God that we have. The time of mindlessly going to the gym and living for your own vanity is over. The time of purposefully and passionately pursuing Christ through your fitness is here. Use your love for fitness to change the world in the name of Jesus Christ. “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we areimperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching I myself should be disqualified.”
 1 Corinthians 9:25-27
Guest Blogger: Austin Braham