One Step at a Time

Many of you have heard of “Upward Sports” for kids. It’s the world’s largest Christian sports program for children.  The vision to develop character in every player, while providing an equal opportunity for improvement, stressing sportsmanship in every situation. If you haven’t checked this out for your kids, go to their website and read about it at www.upward.org. It’s a great way to start a lifetime of fitness for your children!

In addition, I urge you to think about “upward fitness” for yourself! Have you made an effort to combine physical fitness with spiritual fitness in your personal life? Pray about it and God will give you creative ideas. You may want to start a walking program with a friend where you pray together, or memorize Scripture and check each other, practicing your verses as you walk or jog together. You can add a spiritual element to your workout at the gym if you listen to Christian music or the Bible on your iPod as you go through your exercise routine.  In Body & Soul Fitness classes, we work out to motivating Christian music  and include spiritual nuggets during the class time frame that facilitate spiritual discussion with both the Christ followers and those who want to know more about Christ.

It is a powerful thing when we can combine faith and fitness. God created us in earthly physical bodies, and yet we are spiritual beings, destined for heaven once we take the step of faith in Jesus. In I Timothy 4:7-8, the Bible says ”…train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” There is a proper balance expressed here:  there is value in physical training—that is, physical fitness—but godliness, (spiritual fitness) has even more value because it has value in this life, as well as the next.

With that in mind, doesn’t it make sense to blend the two together? When we discipline ourselves to become physically fit, it flows over into spiritual fitness and vice versa. Think about it and ask God to show you how to become more physically and spiritually fit!  In heaven we will have new bodies, but while we are here let’s get to work to improve the bodies we have!

Wishing you both faith and fitness,

Jeannie Blocher

President, Body & Soul Fitness