When you look in the mirror to you see a perfectly fit body or do you see one that is need of work? As we prepared to go to Prescott to do a physical fitness workshop for one of our sister churches, I must admit I found myself asking God, what qualifies me to tell other people about being fit. God opened my eyes to a revelation that our founder had been trying to share with me for many years. It is not about what your body looks like or what size you are. He has repeatedly told me that there are individuals that are size two that cannot walk up a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing while others that are size 20 or above go up and down stairs all day long with no problem. It is not about the size. It is really about how healthy you are.
Well the new thought process I learned in preparing for the workshop was not about size, it was not even about how much exercise we do or how often we do it. The revelation God gave me was that exercise is 4 everybody. We each have to determine which one works best for us.
Do you like to walk and if you do, do you like to walk inside or outside? I have one friend who hates to walk inside and another that hates to walk outside, but they both agree that walking is excellent exercise.
Do you like to work out in the gym or are you intimidated by all the toned bodies because yours is not where it should be? Maybe should is the wrong word. Maybe your body is not where you would like for it to be or where you think God wants it.
Maybe there is an activity that you enjoy like skating, bicycling, jogging or running.
Maybe you like playing basketball, baseball or soccer.
Maybe the best you can do is working out from a chair, because your legs are not strong.
Maybe you like hiking.
Maybe you like dancing or swimming.
Whichever activity you enjoy, remember that exercise is 4 everybody. You just have to identify the one that works best for you. Don’t try to do what pleases everybody else or you will become frustrated. What works for them may not work for you.
What kind of exercise do you enjoy, well maybe enjoy is the wrong word, what do you do? What can you do? What I learned in preparing for the workshop is exercise is for everybody, whether that includes going to the gym, working out at home in a chair in front of the TV, using an in home walking video or some other workout video. You get to decide what works for you but we want to challenge you to do something. Get up and start moving around. Shock your body awake and get your metabolism moving.
Try out some different things until you find the one that works for you. You may not enjoy it but you know it works because you can see the results in increased stamina, more energy, ability to do more physically, sleeping better or increased self-esteem. Yes, getting your physical body moving will increase your self-esteem. Try it and let us know how it works for you.
13 -16 Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother's womb. I thank you, High God—you're breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day.
We just worked out spiritually. If you have not worked out your physical temple get up and do it now.
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