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.
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.”
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?