Posted on September 06 2018
From Faith to Fitness
There is no denying that staying physically fit requires a lot of discipline, sometimes to the point you must sacrifice things that give you immediate pleasure to focus on your long-term goals. Maybe after a long day at work, all you want to do is lie on the couch to enjoy a favorite movie and a “forbidden” snack. You know, however, that what you should be doing is running to build your endurance. Forgoing your exercise regimen just one day might not be a big deal, but you worry that giving in just once might be enough to sabotage your progress thus far.
In many ways, your faith is much like your fitness. It must be maintained over a long period of time. Just as you must nourish your body with high quality food to keep it strong, you must continuously partake in activities that strengthen your faith rather than weaken it. The good news is that the principles of fitness and faith often converge. This means that many of the virtues you develop while getting and staying in shape also apply to the insight you gain when you become more resolute in your faith. Read on to learn more.
Both fitness and faith require humility.
Unfortunately, many of the ads we see today concerning physical fitness concerns mainly one thing: how beautiful we can look on the outside. Of course, there are times when these ads emphasize health over outer appearance. In any case, the focus is usually on one thing: the ego--how many people of the opposite sex one can attract, how much envy one’s body can inspire, and so on. Understand that there is a difference between seeking fitness for the ego and seeking fitness for the self.
When your goal in becoming more fit is just to please and intimidate others, you are probably not looking to build a stronger body because it is healthier for you. You want it because you have determined that you can build your sense of purpose externally--from what other people say about you and what they think about you.
Recall what is said in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” Indeed, your body is a temple and you should care for it as such. And there is nothing wrong with taking pleasure in being physically fit because it makes you feel good. However, you must also understand that you did not build your own body from scratch. God laid down a glorious foundation for you build upon, to honor Him with a sacred dwelling place. You should approach this honor graciously, acknowledging your imperfections but embracing them as well.
Similarly, your faith is not to be an ostentatious badge of righteousness. Of course, it is important to help others in need and guide them to do the right thing. But you should do these things not as a show to the world but as a testament to God that you believe in the good He has done and want it to show through what you do.
At ExaltFit, we strive to honor God in both body and in spirit. All our Christian athletic wear is designed with this principle in mind.
Both Fitness and Faith Require Patience
Anyone knows that becoming physically fit does not happen overnight. It does not happen within days, months, or even years. Fitness is a long journey that requires patience: with your body, with yourself, and with God.
Remember that Galatians 6:9 says “not to be weary in doing good” because with time you will see the fruits of your labor. Sometimes even after you reap so much you do not notice all you have gained. It is not until you take notice in your ability to run farther, breathe deeper, and feel more alive that you realize how far you have come.
It is important to be similarly patient with yourself as you become stronger in your faith. This, too, will happen over a long period of time. But soon you will find yourself calling upon Him when you once stayed silent. And you will understand that not all your strength resides in your body.
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