Things are coming together and I'm beginning to see more and more the eternal purposes God has for me at HUB. We are a fitness facility and the main thing we do is offer a place for people to go to learn, workout and be active together. But as a believer, I am fully aware that God has even more in mind for me there. He always has a bigger picture and an eternal purpose, no matter where He places us. And I look forward to seeing how He plays it out in the days to come.
Having been in ministry for so many years, I've noticed a lot of similarities between fitness of the body and fitness in the spirit. Going to the gym is a lot like going to church. Being healthy physically is a lot like being healthy spiritually. They have a lot of the same characteristics, struggles and victories. Here are a few that come to mind:
- They both take a lot of work and self-discipline (Philippians 2:12-13)
- There is no quick fix for either. (Philippians 1:6)
- You need accountability in both areas to succeed. (Hebrews 10:25)
- It's easy to make excuses not to do either one. (Proverbs 12:15)
- The benefits far outweigh the demands. (1 John 5:12)
- Physical and spiritual fitness do not take time from your life - they put life into your time. (John 14:6)
- You need rest to recover both physically and spiritually. When you pour out, you need time for re-filling. (Matthew 11:28-30)
- Lifting will make you stronger in both. In physical fitness - lifting weights; in spiritual fitness - lifting His Name (1 Timothy 2:8).
- We should not compare ourselves with others in either one, for we are each designed specifically by God for the purpose He has for our lives. (Galatians 6:4-5)
- Both are extremely beneficial in growing our confidence. (Proverbs 3:25-26)
- It's inspiring to see someone who is succeeding in being spiritually or physically fit. (Proverbs 28:12)
- It's always a struggle in the beginning, but once you start to see and feel results, you wonder how you ever lived without it. (Joshua 1:7-9)
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8