Today was an absolutely fantastic day. The new BodyRock LifeGroup met for the first time at church. Being a fitness coach is a blast. I never imagined I could be a preacher and help people with their spiritual strength AND be a trainer and help them with their physical strength.
This has been and will continue to be an arduous journey. It ain’t easy living for Christ. The spiritual battle can be overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be, but it can be. Life is full of so many twists and turns; you never know what is around the next corner. We were all born to be spiritual. That’s why God gave us a soul and sent us a Savior. When Adam sinned in Eden, the spiritual part of his life died–dead as a hammer. Jesus came to give that life back to us, and to give it to us with loads of power and influence.
We were also born to be physical. Well, that’s kind of obvious, huh. Problem is, most of us take about as good care of the physical as we do the spiritual. In other words, a lot of us don’t take care of either. We just wander through life and hope it all works out. Not gonna happen, takes effort, requires time.
I just happen to live in the state (Mississippi) with the highest incidence of child and adult obesity of all the 50 states in the Union. Listen to this: for three years running, Mississippi has been the most obese state, followed closely by Tennessee and Alabama–must be a southern thing. In 2010, more than 34% of people in my state were obese and over 68% were overweight. That’s scary to me. Why? Just a few years ago, I nearly died from heart problems–directly related to weight [read weight as poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyle].
That’s why I’m so excited about my BodyRock class. This morning, people came from age 20 to over 50. Some of them were in pretty good condition and others weren’t. Some had a high percentage of body fat, some did not. Some were overweight, some were actually a bit light for their size. Everyone had at least one thing in common–a body–a body that can honor God if it is cared for with some degree of diligence.
So, we put on some fast-paced Christian workout music, hit the machines, the ropes, the bands, the balls, the weights, and sometimes the floor–for an intense, body-rocking, fun time that challenged everyone. I believe I’m up to the challenge; I hope I am. Are you?
If you read this, live close by, and want to get involved, let me know. We’re just beginning, learning together, and having a blast. We’d love for you to join us. What’s it cost? It’s free. You can make a donation if you wish to help out with costs, but don’t feel obligated. When do we meet? Saturday’s at 8:30 AM. The current class is almost full–I’ll be glad to do multiple classes on Saturdays. We CANNOT do too much for God–spiritually or physically.
I praise God for letting me lead this. Hoorah!
[disclaimer: after I decided to use the name BodyRock from a purely biblical position, I discovered there is a very fine commercial enterprise of the same name–what I’m doing is not part of that venture].