Thursday, April 2, 2009

Strong Body, Spiritual Worship

"...be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power." Eph 6:10, NIV

I feel strong today.

As I worked out this morning, I noticed that my knee bends were deeper, my kicks were stronger, my punches were harder...

I'm getting stronger.

Oft times when trying to lose weight, we focus simply on the number on the scale. We might even focus on our clothing size, whether it's shrinking in proportion to our pounds dropped.

But do we think about getting stronger?

"...in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual[a] act of worship." Rom 12:1, NIV

Exercising at 6 AM is most certainly a sacrifice, but one that is having tremendous benefit on my body. In addition to being stronger, I have more energy. I'm more physically fit, as evidenced by how much longer it takes for me to get winded and how much stamina I have.

And, this week, I fought off what I believe to be a sinus infection. Scratchy throat, nasal drip, chest congestion. Pushed through my workouts, drank lots of water, and took a couple of Tylenol once. After a few days, symptoms are all but gone. I think my improved health affords me an increased ability to fight disease.

I also realized, the mental struggle I've had with getting up is waning. I still want to lose weight, which I'm doing, but there clearly are benefits I hadn't considered.

I like the idea of presenting myself to God in my best possible physical condition. That in doing so, I'm worshipping God. Maybe that's why the getting up isn't so hard anymore.

Aside from trying to lose weight, what are your health goals? Are you presenting the best "living sacrifice" possible?

Peace & Blessings,
Patricia

4 comments:

Chicki said...

My goal is remain flexible as I age. I'm working with 12-pounds weights now! My knees are still giving me trouble even though I try to work them out. At this point I don't know what to do about them...

Patricia W. said...

12lb weights? I'm impressed! I've just decided to step up from 3lbs to 5.

I'm praying about your knees.

Lucy said...

God has many blessings already set aside for us when we choose to honor him with our bodies as a "living sacrifice". I've learned several key lessons with this point! Weight loss was one of them. Weight maintanence is a process that I will be in for the rest of my life. God is faithful to help where we are weak. He seeks to give our hightest and greatest good. We can trust Him with everything. Starting with our mind, body, and spirit.

Patricia W. said...

Thanks for commenting, Lucy.