“But seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” Matt. 6:33
There are times when my training calendar is simply busting at the seams. As a personal trainer who runs her own studio, this is a blessing. It can, however, be a burden if I allow it to be so. Seven consecutive hours of training others, a brief break and then teaching an hour of bootcamp at a high intensity can be physically demanding. Even during this time of plenty, it is important that I caste my eyes on God and ask for ‘all these things’ and count my blessings.
‘All these things’ . . . peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. (Gal. 5:22-23). Yes, even in times of abundance, I need those fruits of the spirit to be plentiful in order to fulfill the calling I believe God has put on my life, as my just and fair service to Him for all that He has provided and for the second (100th) chance He gave me to live my best life, healthiest life, as an act of worship to Him.
This body is not my own to do with as I please. Left to my own devices I pretty much destroyed my health. I abused it with gluttony. I neglected it with deprivation. I was slothful. I did various forms of extreme dieting, yo-yo-ing back and forth between obesity and morbid obesity. True story.
I also practiced the most egregious of sins, I loathed my body and blamed God for it’s condition. How could He?? Why would He?? Couldn’t He see??? I was trying every way the diet industry and tabloids had taught me to be what I thought I needed to be. I was trying to fit the image of the perfect girl, wife, mother, friend. Why couldn’t I obtain the desire of my heart? Why, oh, why??? Frustration would set in and the obvious solution was to binge eat . . . since depriving myself of food didn’t seem to make a difference.
When I had my health crisis, I begged God for a second (100th) chance to do better. I’m so glad He gave me that chance. I had ill invested the talents, skills, passions and interests He had instilled in me. I was seeking the worlds methods (dieting) and the worlds measures (media images, clothing size, scales) and the worlds means.
Today when I step in front of a class, even when I am tired, I ask the class to join me in an act of worship as we use our bodies to the best of our abilities, talents and skills to celebrate our creator God. I ask the ladies to keep their eyes off me or any other woman in the room and to caste their eyes on the One who made them in His image.
Who we are and what we have is all His. Offering it up to Him as an act of worship brings those fruits of the spirit. The journey to our healthiest, fittest life should be one that yields, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness and self discipline. Looking at yourself and your sisters in Christ through the eyes of compassion, acceptance and abundance, creates a family of love and support.
Abundance says, there is enough and I am enough. There is enough love, encouragement, compassion and support for everyone of us. Giving to others makes those resources increase and multiply. I love God’s math! The more I give of the resources He has given me (gifts, talents, time, skills, fruits of the spirit), the more I have to give!!! That is not the worlds economy!!!
When you celebrate, do so with passion!
The party is so much fun when we are each living out of place of abundance! The sun (son) shining fully on my face and me turning my face into that sunlight, does not make a shadow or less sun for others. The warmth and the radiance is there in abundance . . . turn your eyes upon Jesus.