Posted By Richard on August 26, 2015
Tim sat on the church pew, as he did most Sunday mornings, and waited for the pastor to commence service. He was a single, middle-aged man, who worked at a car dealership in one of the rich suburbs of Dallas, Texas. Tim was a god-fearing man, who tried to do everything right by the Lord, and so he always listened adeptly to the preacher, later instilling the learned life lessons through practice.
On this particular Sunday, the pastor was intent on making the congregation realize their gluttonous ways and get healthy. Texas is famed for its slogan, “Everything in Texas is bigger.” That included big trucks, big hair, and, unfortunately, big people. His churchgoers were the sort who worked nine to five jobs, ate a bucket of fried chicken for dinner, and stayed home all weekend watching TV. Tim fell into this category of people perfectly.
The pastor talked about taking care of the body physically, so that one has more physical and mental energy for everyday life, to have a better spiritual life and overall quality of life. He discussed how hard it was to fit in a daily exercise and offered the congregation suggestions that might make it easier:
- Exercise in the morning. The mornings are calm and quiet. For most people, after breakfast is a time packed with work and responsibilities. By the end of the day, people are exhausted from the trials and tribulations of the day and just want to relax. Focus on waking up just a bit earlier to have a bit of time for yourself.
- Vary exercise. Doing the same exercise routine over and over again gets quite boring and demotivating. If you are walking 30 minutes a day, simply vary your routine by taking different routes, or making the short drive first to pretty trails in the area.
- Exercise with others. There’s nothing more motivating than being part of a group with the same goals. It’s easier to get out of bed if your friends are ringing your doorbell, encouraging you to join them.
The pastor talked about the body as a house for the spirit and the soul. So if the house is having issues, than the spirit and soul will also have issues. Tim took all of this to heart. One passage in particular from the Bible that the pastor highlighted stood out to him.
“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
After church, Tim thanked the pastor for such a moving sermon. On the drive home, Tim was already thinking of ways to change his physical life for the better. He called his good friend from work, John, who often went to a local bar for some beers after work. Tim explained that he wanted to make it a goal to get in better shape, and would John like to join him every morning at the gym before work? John, who was also single, agreed, thinking he might get a better chance at landing a girlfriend if he was more in shape.
From there, Tim and John went to the gym every morning before work, trying out different exercise equipment and talking to some of the personal trainers there about different things they could use at the gym. As Tim and John expanded their knowledge about their local gym, it became quite apparent that they had a favorite piece of machinery: the rowing machine. To get their hearts beating before they engaged in 15 minutes of rowing before going on to other exercise. They would often sit side by side, trying to outdo each other in strokes per minute. Because they were having so much fun, the time flew by, and their 15 minute warm-up session was over. After a month or so, the two friends would go to the gym earlier, so they could spend more time on the rowing machine. They know very well that the best rowing machines like the Concept2 Model E provide a fantastic all round workout.
After a few months, Tim was in the best shape of his life, and he was feeling the best he’d had in his life. Instead of staying in all weekend, Tim decided to volunteer his time at a local food bank. He realized that because he was in great physical and mental shape, he didn’t need to take the weekend of for some self-relaxing time. He could spend that time helping others instead, which made him feel that much closer to God. In the end, his pastor was right. Taking care of his body made him have the physical and mental capacity for an enriched spiritual life.