Fitness Fears & Faith
New Year and fitness seem to go hand in hand for many of us. The desire to start an exercise program or to make better food choices is usually at the top of the list for New Year’s Resolutions each year. Looking at the statistics this is not a surprise. According to a government study in 2013 by researchers at the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 80% of adult Americans do not get the recommended amount of exercise on a weekly basis.
Our God is also, concerned about our physical bodies but His view is not a worldly view. God cares about our soul and our bodies and Romans 12:1, reminds us that we should offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God which is our reasonable service. As believers our lives and bodies not my own. We were bought with a price and therefore should honor God with my whole being inside and out.
So if the condition of our physical body is so important why do so many of us fall of the wagon so to speak? We all start with good intentions but something happens along the way. For me it was the fear of trying something new and it not working or the fear that it would work and somewhere along the way I would fail to keep it up and fall back into my old routine. The spirit of fear is no respect of person and it can show up in areas of our lives that we least expect such as taking care of our physical bodies. The bible defines fear as a spirit that should be overcome. Therefore, God does not want us to succumb to fear. In fact, we can use our faith to fight fears in all areas of our lives particularly in how we care for our physical bodies.
Fear Says, what if I don’t know how to take care of my body?
Faith Says: James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” No matter the situation we can always turn to God our father for guidance. The key is to be open to receive the wisdom and once it’s received use it to make decisions that will honor God and move your life forward.
- Fear Says, what if I don’t have a plan?
Faith Says: Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Spending time with God through prayer and meditation places you in a posture to speak God’s word back to Him. God has plans for all of us but we must seek Him with our whole heart. Place your trust in Him knowing if we pour our hearts out to Him that He faithful to pour His spirit and strength into us.
- Fear Says, what if I try and I fail?
Faith Says: Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Instead of focusing on the end result trust God’s perfect plan and enjoy the lessons learned during the process as lessons build character, the character and traits of Christ.
Be encouraged and remember that God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. So stand in your power, love yourself, and have faith in the plan that God has given to you because He loves you inside and out.
Appeared Originally in Sacrifice Fitness Magazine