Heart Health: body, soul and spirit

My home page is set to Fox News and tonight and the headline at the top of the page was: Fat Nation: Latest federal figures show that Americans aren't just overweight — more and more are becoming obese.

 

65% of U.S. adults are classified as overweight. Part of this is because we have evolved into a sedentary society…we move very little. The Fox News article states the statistics this way: 34 percent of Americans are obese, … 32.7 percent are overweight…under 6 percent are "extremely" obese.

 

My full-time job is that of a minister, but my full-time passion is to be a follower of Christ, trying to do what he wants in every aspect of my life. For me every aspect means being intentional on how I take care of my physical body also.

 

In the business I am in, we are always talking about heart health…getting our spiritual heart right with God…because that’s what this job is all about.  That is the most important thing.  There is nothing more important than being in a right relationship with God: admitting we are sinners; believing Jesus Christ died for our sins; confessing our sins to God and living a life that puts Jesus Christ in a place of Lordship for every aspect of our lives. And not just believing Christ but following Him in every aspect of our lives.

 

Do we take care of the spiritual but forget the physical.  This temple we live in is amazing gift.   It amazes me that we take for granted; often neglect this amazing gift…our body…that God has given us.  Our bodies are a part of that “every aspect.”

 

Have you noticed in the Bible there are no guidelines for exercise …could it be that the contemporaries of Biblical times were active people?  They walked everywhere they went. They worked with their hands.  Our bodies were made to move. Research shows that intentional moving, as little as 10-20 minutes will make a tremendous difference in how we feel. Moving burns calories; moving makes our heart stronger; moving makes our bones stronger.

 

I have been on a journey of intentional movement now for almost nine years. It has made a positive impact on how I live.  I encourage you to get moving. I Thessalonians 5: 23 says: Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

So…does living as a follower of Christ mean that we are to get moving?