Enlightentment in Exercise

Posted: June 28, 2016 in Christianity, faith, God, Jesus Christ, religion, Uncategorized
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What is it about exercise that causes such an aversion to it for so many people? I must admit, I shamefully count myself in that number. I mean I personally know the countless benefits to physical activity; I beg, scold and preach it to my own patients all the time. Yet at the end of the day I can’t say I consistently practice what I preach. Without fail at least 2 or 3 times a year I give myself the motivational and mental pep talk to begin and maintain a regular exercise regimen only to fizzle and die out 1-2 weeks.

What is it that makes some run the other way at the mention of doing a jumping exhausted person taking a break from exercisingjack or sit up? Is it fear? Is it the time commitment? Is it the cost or effort? Those things may factor in, but the truth of the matter is that exercise can be challenging and  just outright painful. As you move, stretch, arouse and agitate those muscles into becoming more active,  inevitably aches, soreness and pain creeps in. As the muscles experience increasing  intensity, speed and pressure, what is known as microtrauma to the muscle fibers occur and soreness comes uninvited. Yet despite the initial discomfort,  look at all the benefits to exercise that have been well documented. Exercise allows weight control, promotes  good heart, lung and  mental health, healthy skin, more youthful appearance, increased energy, improvement in general well-being, etc., etc., etc.–the list goes on.
It is quite apparent the benefits of movement far exceed the strain and effort we exert to do it.
In the same way, life inevitably brings trials, difficulties and burdens at different intensities without warning.

Yet God uses these experiences to help us grow in  spiritual maturity, develop intimacy with Him, increase our trust and faith and transform us into the best person He has designed us to be.  The Bible says that the light affliction we experience now momentarily, is
producing for us a more exceeding and external weight in glory (2 Corinthians 4:17). In other words from the perspective and vastness of eternity, the momentary struggles that plague this life are fleeting.

 

Female Aerobics Trainer With Weights Stepper ClipartNotice the words exceeding and eternal. Just as the benefits of physical exercise  far outweigh the temporary discomfort of the physical challenge, the benefits of experiencing life and beyond with Jesus Christ far outweigh  the difficulties we face if we choose to serve and partner with him. Every opportunity brings the potential for growth.

Furthermore, warming up before exercise has been shown to decrease muscle trauma. In the same way when we practice spiritual disciplines like prayer, daily reading and study of the Bible, meditating on God’s word and on the things of God, service to others and walking in humility, it builds our character.  We live a more fulfilling life with great purpose,  with our spiritual muscles “warmed up” in faith, trust and assurance to better sustain the traumas of life.

woman performing stretching exercise

 

Now I’m not denying that life is hard. I’m not guaranteeing that in living you won’t experience pain and trouble.
But as you fortify your spirit and stay connected to Jesus Christ, he will sustain you and carry you through. The benefits of exercise are temporary in that  despite our best efforts the body will age and breakdown. Yet when you accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, although the body may pass on, we believe  in faith we will have the eternal benefit of having eternal life in heaven with our eternalstudent doing a handstandGod. There is no greater benefit than relationship and life with Jesus Christ.

So my friends physical exercise undeniably  brings  physical transformation. But being active with and for the Lord brings the best transformation of all– the beauty of looking, acting and being like him;  a vessel of  love and light that brings hope and healing to a dark world.

Ordinary life has a way of teaching us extraordinary lessons.

#Life lessons are lessons for life
#Life metaphors are metaphors for life

And yet still I rise……

With peace and blessings may you continue to rise always,

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Comments
  1. awolaryea says:

    Hi although a very simple piece, the write up feels like a mighty altar call. I pray it speaks volumes to all who read it

  2. Frank says:

    Excellent point of view/comparison

  3. Thank you so much Frank! God bless!

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