Category Archives: Spirit

How we connect to God.

Does God Care if I’m Skinny?

“…train yourself in godliness, for the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way.”    1 Timothy 4:7-8

I used to think of this verse when I didn’t stick to my workout routine. “God doesn’t really care if I’m skinny,” I told myself. “That’s just me being vain. The world’s view is ruling my mind.”

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Then about six years ago God called me to get a personal trainer. I was going through a 12-Step program and I felt very strongly that God was saying to me, “I’ve started you on this path toward spiritual and emotional health. Now it’s time to get physically healthy.” As I began to work out and learn how to eat better, I saw parallels between my physical workouts and my spiritual journey. Each training session required me to do things I didn’t think I could do. I had to push myself. I had to deny myself. I had to strengthen more than just my body. I had to stop doubting myself and believe I could. I had to strengthen my mind.

Does God care if I’m a size 6? Probably not. But He does care about my habits and what kind of life I lead as a result of them. I want to serve Him to the best of my ability. For me, that means I need to be physically able to go where He calls me to go. I need to have the mental clarity to make good decisions. I need to have the energy to leave work on a week day and go to a place I can serve in the evenings. All of those things depend on my physical health and that depends on how well I take care of my body.

Training of the body does matter. But it does not matter in isolation. I matters in the context of growing and serving others the best way we can.

The New Normal

rainbow.jpg2015 is almost done. As we draw this year to a close, we naturally want to reflect on the events that we experienced, people we spent time with and goals we had for this year.

So how was it for you? Hopefully it was a mix of good and bad. We all want to look back on good times, but there are always going to be struggles, too. And those are the things we would rather not remember. But hard times can be good times too.

The times in my life when I have gotten the strongest, grown the most, learned the most valuable lessons, are the times when I fought a battle. My heart was broken. Big plans fell through. I lost someone. I had to grieve, fall apart and learn to find my way back. Each time I did, I found a new normal. Life was no longer the same, but it could be good and I was better for the fight.

So I hope that as you reflect on 2015, you are thankful for the struggles you went through, the lessons you learned and the person you have become.

Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.    ~James 1:2-4