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Idaho Catholic Podcast

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Exercise and Christianity


Is exercising a Christian standard?

Lets think about this for a minute.

1 Corinthians 6:19
"Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?"

If we hold the Holy Spirit within us, and we are an actual "Temple" for God, should we not do all we can to honor Him by caring for the temple that He is within.

Our body is a "good" and wonderful gift from God.
It is capable of miraculous feats, if properly taken care of.
And with God the Holy Spirit living inside our "temple" how can we not take care of it?
Paul said, "But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection ..."
(1Corinthians 9:27).
The key word here is "discipline." Starting and maintaining a proper diet and exercise program involves more than anything else, discipline and caring enough for yourself to take care of yourself.

There are two mistakes a Christian can make in regards to physical fitness. The first is to not be concerned about it at all; the second is to become obsessed with it. A balanced concern for diet and exercise is needful so that Christians will have the vigor to better serve God and our fellow human beings.
By the grace of God, I have lost 50 lbs so far over the past year
and have 25 lbs to go......
No diet, just exercise and moderation, simple and realistic.
Does getting in better shape help me to become a better Christian?
Well, feeling better about myself sure helps.
Having more energy sure helps.
Having less aliments sure helps.
Developing discipline is a virtue that carries over
into so many other aspects of life, especially a Christan life.
Refraining from Gluttony sure sounds like a good idea.
And there is something about routinely exercising that helps
with living up to our full human potential, wouldn't you agree....

1 comment:

cascade_catholic said...

Wow, that is too horrible to look at. What possesses us to go to such extremes?

Congrads on meeting your fitness goals thus far. I am in transformation myself. I enjoy the feeling after a good workout.

Peace brother..