Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Physical and Spiritual Fitness Paralleled

It's been such a whirlwind of excitement over the past few weeks as we have settled into our new adventure at HUB Fitness. Rod and I purchased the facility back in June and our feet hit the floor running from the moment we signed the papers. I absolutely love it!

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)
I'm sure there are more examples - these are just the ones that came to me. If you can think of others, leave them in the comments section! It's really baffling to me that the things that matter most to us and to our health (physically & spiritually) are the most difficult to begin and keep up with sometimes. We find excuses, we justify our (in)actions and we suffer so much (unnecessarily) as a result. I wonder why that is? One thing I do know - without God's help in both, I'd be a mess.  He is the One who gives me strength to fight the battle and equips me along the way, both physically and spiritually. 

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

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