Hey Temple Builders! I hope each and every one of you is having a blessed week working out, joining gyms, setting goals, and changing your lives! As you know the weather can be crazy here in Pampa; I’m sure many of our clients are happy we haven’t done any outside wods lately!
What do you love about fitness? For me, there are many aspects of training I love and enjoy doing. Hitting a new PR (personal record), learning a new technique, pushing my physical limits, making my personal trainer(aka, Dan!) proud, and seeing new changes in my body are just a few.
Something I did not expect to have as a result of fitness is a fuller relationship with God. I know what you are thinking: What do barbells have to do with the Almighty?
For a long time, the motivation I had to train was for myself. I dieted for shows for me, for my pride and for my own personal reasons. There was nothing wrong with that at the time, until I started realizing the zeal and fervor I had for lifting didn’t fill me up like I thought it would.
Only after experiencing success and seeing that it didn’t fill the void I had, did I realize I had been training for all the wrong reasons.
Working out can be addictive; eating right and seeing results are one of the best feelings in the world. However, this world and THIS body WILL fade away; I can’t take it with me so why would I train so hard with only myself and my wants to please? How many of you have worked out and eaten right for a while then got bored or caught up in something else? When all is stripped away I realized that this was NOT the life that I wanted, especially one where God wasn’t my focus or motivation for doing any and everything.
Knowing this my purpose and desire to train switched completely. My mindset finally took itself off what was good for me and put it on what was pleasing to God.
I train with the intent to honor God daily with this body he blessed me with. There are days, and believe me when I say this I do NOT want to lift. I don’t want to eat right, I’m tired, and I could care less about exuding fitness and health. When these feelings hit I know this is the time to dig deep and ask Him for help. To remind myself that the sacrifice I make each day to make the right choice is the one He WANTS me to make. I train for Him. Just knowing this I can handle any ache, lack of motivation, and food craving not for my sake, but for His glory. So that He will be exalted and ultimately that I can witness his love to others through fitness.
Look back on your fitness journey thus far. Are you training for the right reasons? Our motivation for the gym, for healthy eating, and for our self-image should be rooted in a passion to put Him first.
While there are still multitudes of reasons I love fitness, above and beyond I love it because it brought me closer to God.
Things to remember:
Our next Free Community workout is coming in February! Stay posted on the TBF page and website for the date.
Don’t forget to get your child into Tiny Temples! They learn invaluable tools in properly warming up their bodies for training that will help accentuate ANY and all sports they participate in! It is never to early to get your kids working out!
January is almost over! If you set a resolution and feel defeated by time already gone by, come by the gym and talk to Dan or myself. Our goal is to help you reach YOURS; try us out for free!
“And so, dear brothers and sisters,I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12: 1 NLT