Just a note: this post really needs some editing, but I’m doing a 30-day challenge of writing without editing. Sorry. One of the things I’m noticing about people who work in churches is that they’re a lot more concerned about pleasing others than most folks – or at least pleasing those with the loudest voices. And I get it. I’m struggling with it myself. While I’ve always been someone who has wanted others to like me, there’s nothing quite like working in a local church. There are judgmental… Continue reading
For Maundy Thursday, I’ve been reading the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ last hours with his disciples. As you’ll recall, after dinner, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John to the garden of Gethsemane where he becomes increasingly sorrowful. At some point, he decides to go off on his own and pray. Before he does, however, he tells the others to stay awake and keep watch. But after a while, when he returns from praying, he finds them sleeping and says, “Why are you sleeping? Rise and pray that you may not… Continue reading
Lent, Day 2 Today is the second day of lent, and again I’m reflecting on my relationship with God and the stewardship of my body. Yesterday, I wrote about Repentance, the Beginning of Lent. Today, I’m reflecting on sin, suffering, and the Messiah.
I don’t know about you, but I grew up with little regard for Church traditions, especially if they were older than 100 years. But today is Ash Wednesday, and this year I’m going to follow lent. While I won’t be painting a cross on my forehead, I will follow its road to the cross. Each day I’m going to reflect on my relationship with God and how it relates to the stewardship of my body. So today, I’m reflecting on repentance.
Since I started this blog, I’ve come across a lot of people who really believe in health and fitness. I see things like “have faith and stay fit” all over Twitter. Some even say, “Have faith in fitness,” as though fitness were something to be believed in. But, what I find distinctly lacking in these motivational comments is any mention of the object of that faith. You don’t see “Christ” much, for example. And this makes me wonder if we’re really talking about the same “faith.”
In another post, I talked about the difference between nutrition and health. Seeing as I’m still dealing with this cold, I thought I’d share a little bit about what I’m learning about sickness. Whenever I get sick, I find myself more inclined to pray. I think that’s because, in part, when I’m sick, I remember how weak and frail I am. I remember that I’m dust, and to dust I shall return. I remember how much I need him to sustain me.
I don’t know about you, but I hate fasting. I also, rather inconveniently, believe it’s a good thing to do. That means, seemingly like so many other spiritual disciplines, I end up battling myself over it. But at the end of the day (or the beginning), I try to remember these four things.
When I was writing yesterday’s post, What Does the Bible Say About Exercise, I got to thinking about the Apostle Paul’s own health. However, since Paul doesn’t simply outline his views for us, I had to do some digging. For example, Paul doesn’t talk about health, but he does talk about the body. So to begin, I wanted to look at how Paul cared for his own body.
Should Christians exercise? I was thinking about that as I’m getting over my cold and planning on exercising again. I’m also hoping to train for a triathlon this year, so I’ll need to get back in the pool and on the bike. That leaves me wondering how exercise fits within my Christian walk.
When I decided to start this blog, I originally thought “health and fitness.” Those are the buzzwords after all. But when I reflected on what I really wanted to talk about – on what I really wanted to focus on for myself and share with others – I realized there’s a big difference between nutrition and health.