ifit VS unfit

Matthew West’s song, Do Something, opens with the words, I woke up this morning. Thankfully, I did–just in a hospital bed.

My last blog was 48 days ago at the end of a 30 day intense workout schedule. I’ve been feeling great, working hard, leading fitness classes, and enjoying life.

Then, a few days ago, I started having some heaviness in my chest.  That thick feeling let me know something wasn’t just right and then a pain or two down the left arm sent me to my cardiologist yesterday.

After a short exam, during which the pain started up, the doctor gave me some nitroglycerine and the pain subsided.  What did that mean? I was headed for the ER by way of ambulance for a short stay (hopefully) in the hospital. Debbie sat with me just about all day in the ER before finally getting a room on the cardiac floor.  They must have hungry vampires up here ’cause I’m running short on blood.

Anyway, I woke up this morning–pulled up to the tray table, opened my computer and ifit journal, and began to read, meditate, and write (Deb brought me my stuff last night). I was reading in Psalm 42 this morning and these words just did a cartwheel off the page and into my heart,

The LORD sustains him on his sickbed, in his illness you restore him to full health. (vs. 3)

I’m not going to overspiritualize this, I’m just going to trust God. A little while after I did my ifit journal, I got my daily scripture email from one of my good friends. It was from Isaiah 40.  The end of that passage says,

They who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength. (vs. 31)

OK, God, I get it, loud and clear. What I’m doing is right. I choose ifit over unfit. I’m going to keep on working hard to condition my body while I allow the Word of God to condition my mind.  This ain’t no either-or thing; it’s both-and.

I’m grateful for prayer warriors who’ve lifted me up, emailed, called, and texted. I might even get to go home this evening.  Either way, I praise my God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gives me life and sustains me.

If you know the song I quoted at the beginning of this missive, you know it’s time to DO SOMETHING!

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IFIT is a life-strategy.  It stands for I will be Faithful, Intrepid, & Teachable.  The IFIT journal is a daily bible reading that carries you through the entire bible in one year with a journal to write down your thoughts as you read. The fitness portion of the IFIT strategy is built around core exercise to strengthen and tone the entire body.

Published by tsideqah

Retired pastor, husband for 48 years, granddad to 4 amazing kids

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