Today’s guest post comes to us from a long-time member of my Titanium Coaching Network, Kent Wilson. Kent is an ordained Lutheran minister who now serves as an assistant to a bishop after 26 years in parish ministry. On the fitness side, Kent is a certified Functional Aging Specialist and developed his own workout system available at www.9Minutes2Fit.com.
As a pastor who also has a keen interest in fitness, I can’t help but wonder, why are so many Christians, lay and fellow clergy alike, physically out of shape?
Wouldn’t you expect followers of Jesus to be some of the healthiest people on earth?
Here’s my theory…
I don’t think we realize that, deep down, fitness is a spiritual issue. Instead, we’ve allowed the reasoning of secular vanity to fill the void. You know, promises of living longer, fewer chances of getting a disease, promises of looking better at your high school reunion and the like.
Those reasons, while nice, are pretty vain when you think about it. And maybe that’s why they don’t have staying power even in the general population, let alone among Christians.
In other words, maybe we need a bigger “Why?” A sustainable faith-based reason to get in shape.
Let’s begin with a few spiritual questions…
- Do you believe that your body is ultimately a gift from God?
- Can you find it in your heart to thank God for the gift of your body (as it is now, even if it’s not quite the way you hoped it would be)?
- Would you like to demonstrate your thanksgiving by simply taking good care of the gift (your body) you’ve been given?
Your partner in ministry,
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