Summary on Physical Fitness vs. Vanity.

I am wanting to move on from the topic of physical fitness and our service in the kingdom. I had 10 more blogs I could have done but I think the point has been made. Our physical fitness is another act of stewardship of what we have been given. If we do not take care of our bodies are we as effective in ministry and service to the kingdom of God as we could be?

Here are a few additional thoughts before I close out this topic…
Water vs. other drinks – I used to always say that water was gross and tasteless. It still is tasteless but I have learned to appreciate the incredible value of water. When I used to drink 2-3 sodas a day I felt a sugar high and then a crash. With water you don’t have to deal with those highs and lows. You actually feel cleansed and not stacked up with junk. Scientifically cokes and such are so very bad for you. Drink more water.

Exercise – I don’t care what age you are or what physical condition you are, you need to exercise. Walk around the block a few times. Set a goal of running 3 miles and start. You may start at a walk for a half mile and feel faint but eventually work up to that goal level. Activity will invigorate your heart and your metabolism. Of course check with your doctor before doing such a thing.

Why America has changed so much in the last 50-60 years? – America has become a country full of disease and bad health. One of the reasons is that we moved from an agrarian society where everyone farmed to a sedentary situation where we sit in an office all day. We also used to eat fresh vegetables, fruits, and meats. Now everything is processed. Do I even need to mention the advent of fast food?

Why did Jesus not address this topic specifically? – In Jesus’ time, the idea of being fat because of eating was considered a part of the hedonist lifestyle. “We eat, we drink, for tomorrow we die.” He did talk about moderation in many areas. In Jesus’ time one was lucky to have one complete meal per day. Everyone walked wherever they went and thus there were very few people with the weight problem and the sedentary problems that we see today. This is probably the same reason Jesus did not talk about cigarettes and jack daniels. They just were not in that time.

In Summary, I feel like too often we excuse our laziness as just being who we are. We end up in poor health when we are 50, 60, 70, 80 years old because we make choices when we are 20, 30, 40 years old to not do what we need to do to be healthy. We get addicted to food and mostly fatty foods and then wonder why we can’t function. God calls us to action but if we can’t act what good are we? I have seen marriages falling apart because one of the members of the marriage is so out of shape and frankly not attractive anymore.

Just an encouragement. Do something…Eat Better…Drink Better…Exercise more…and you might see yourself become more of a factor in the kingdom of God.

There I am finished harping on this topic. By the way weighed myself a couple of days ago and I weighed 183. That means I have lost 42 lbs. since 4-5 years ago. Anyone can do this, why not you. If you need some inspiration. Look on youtube.com and find plenty of people who were overweight and out of shape and now they aren’t. You might even catch an episode of the Biggest Loser when it comes back on after the Olympics.

Lastly, It is not vanity if one is getting in shape to serve God better.