Are you ungodly if you workout?

You are ungodly if you “look good“ or focus on your looks rather than God.

 

There might be a hint of truth to this saying but maybe not.


Focusing on  physical health versus my spiritual health has been a struggle for me for several years now.


Somewhere, at some point, I started to believe that focusing on my physical body takes away from my spiritual health.


And, how God sees me.


And to hear the old saying “be in this world, not of this world“ causes a tightening in my stomach. Not because I want to live for the ever-changing trends or have "6-pack" abs.


But, I tend to struggle with finding the balance between focusing on my physical health and focusing on my spiritual health. As I continue to dive deeper into this internal struggle I read the following verse, which brings some comfort to me.


“for bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.“ (1 Timothy 4:8)


It is not a sin to focus on our physical health. God himself calls our body a "tent" and a "temple" of the Holy Spirit.


"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own," (1 Corinthians 6:19)


Therefore, why would we not want to take care of that temple, our body? And, what do I make of this struggle against my flesh and the Holy Spirit within me?


Then, there is this...


"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Roman 12:2, English Standard Version)


And in another version...


"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." (Romans 12:2, New Living Translation)


Our society tells us to exercise, diet, take "drugs" to look sexy, more attractive, more desired. We are taught to do whatever it takes to look the part.


No matter what.


To be transformed by renewing our minds takes us away from the "looks" of exercise and dieting.


To focus our efforts toward being intentional with our purpose behind our exercise and nutritional habits.

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Our exercise and nutrition should serve a greater purpose!


To use our bodies for serving God, our families and neighbors.


This is where my workouts, my nutritional habits and my life have been changing.


I don't workout for hours.


I consider what I'm eating and if it will be benefit me.


I am making my actions add value to myself and my family.


Focusing on the temple God has given me to take care of. It's been life changing.


So, let me ask you. "Why do you exercise?"


Are you trying to hit a number,


On a scale?


In a lift?


What happens when you reach that goal?


Whats your next move?


Will you find a new number or stop because your "did it."


Its not a sin to exercise and be healthy.


But to worship and chase a number, an ever-changing standard of society is.


I'm calling you to a bigger purpose.


To exercise, eat and to live intentionally.


Are you ready to be transformed in your mind so you can transform your life?


To live healthier...


For your family,


your God-given purpose?


This is my challenge to you, examine your life, your actions, your reason WHY you exercise, your daily habits.


Do they align with how you truly want to live?


Discover Purpose Through Strength!


Strength Training Programming

>Develop Purposeful Strength

>Overcome any challenges by re-focusing your purpose in Training and Life


Life Coaching

>Need a Vision, a Purpose?

>Create a Simpler Way to Live

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