I love fitness. Exercise has always been something I enjoyed. I love the energy cool air brings on a run and the time of peace to block out the demands of life.
Then the day came when the Lord began to show me my “fitness” was not just about being healthy on the outside, but becoming what He wanted of me to be healthy on the inside…..Ouch!. That is when I learned about this dreaded word SURRENDER.
It began to be a little painful as the Lord showed me some things I needed to surrender to him if I wanted to be truly healthy on the inside and out. For example, my motivations were “sometimes” pure and healthy, but not always; my confidence came from what others thoughts of me; and my purpose was about my own success and glory.
It was time for me to do a motive check, seek his plans and purpose and realize my confidence and identity came from my Lord and Savior. And of course, just as getting fit on the outside takes work each day, the same is true for the inside. Daily surrender and spending time with the Lord is a must to stay focused.
To be truly healthy means more than achieving a certain weight on the scale, running at a certain speed or lifting a certain amount of weight. I believe that it encompasses what we are on the inside by:
- being confident in Christ and His purpose for our life
- being able to manage our time with the right priorities
- living and working with pure motives in all that we do
What about you?
What if for 2017 you focused on getting healthy on the inside?
It could change the way you view food and exercise with a new perspective for getting fit on the outside.
Think outside of the box for a moment. See if you can relate.
Confidence and Purpose
A lack of confidence in purpose usually leads to the need to say “yes” to everything and pleasing everyone, which is exhausting physically and mentally. How can there be any time or energy to exercise and eat healthy when attempting to do and be everything for everyone else.
Romans 12:6 (ASB) says
“And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace, given to us, let each exercise them accordingly.
Having confidence in Christ and our purpose, there can be a desire to be healthy to fulfill the unique purpose God created for us and stop trying to please everyone else.
Time Management and Priorities
When we identify priorities, purpose and use our time wisely, it leaves time to take care of health with exercise and a nutritious diet. One of my favorite passages is in Ephesians.
Ephesians 5:15-16 (ASB)
“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil.”
Attempting to do too many things at once is not always the wisest thing. It leaves little room to give attention to what is said to be a priority. Stop for a moment and reflect a few questions.
- Where your time should be spent each day
- How your time can best be used for His purpose
- How you can use your time to take care of your physical and spiritual fitness
Not Identifying the Right Motivation
So often, I hear women say, “I just can’t seem to stay motivated.” If you can relate, take a few minutes to write down all of the benefits you could receive from exercising and eating healthy.
- Stress management
- honor God with your body and food
- healthy and ready to do God’s work to the best of your ability
Think about why you really want to exercise and eat healthy. A pure motivation brings changes that will lead to healthy living, not a temporary unrealistic diet and exercise plan.
The Lord always brings me back to Psalms 26:2 in the Message to keep it real.
“Examine me, God, from head to foot, order your battery of tests.
Make sure I’m fit inside and out.”
So now, I leave you with a challenge. Dig deep in your soul and ask yourself a few questions………you can keep your answers to yourself if you wish.
- Are you trying to do too many things or say yes to everything and everyone to gain, seek attention or feel good about yourself?
- Have your motives always been pure?
For 2017, instead of setting out on a new diet and exercise plan, think about getting healthy and fit on the inside. It could change what happens on the outside.