Have you ever looked at someone else who is fit and asked yourself: How does she do it? How can she find time each day to workout? What is her motivation? What is her secret?
If you were to ask a handful of people why they workout, most would probably say the following reasons:
- It was how they were raised.
- They grew up playing sports.
- They had a major life experience that motivated them to workout.
- A specific person inspired them to workout.
Or they may even dive deeper and say the following:
- They were hurt by someone because of their physical appearance
- They don't feel beautiful
- They think they are overweight
- They are afraid they are going to get overweight if they don't exercise.
- They tend to overeat so they have to balance out the calories they consumed.
- They don't feel adequate or enough.
- They feel empty.
Chances are you fall into one of these categories. Although these reasons are real, they only take you so far in your fitness and not bring a satisfaction long-term. What if there was another reason why you should workout that would trump all of these reasons? What if that reason could make working out fun and fulfilling? What if that reason could set you free?
That reason is Jesus Christ.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, God's Word says that our bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit, and this temple is not of our own but from God. We do not own our bodies, God owns our bodies. God gave us our bodies as a gift paid for by the Jesus' sacrifice of dying on the cross. God's Word then goes on in verse 20 saying that we are to glorify God with our body.
So what does God mean when He says we are to glorify God in our bodies?
In the Merriam-Webster dictionary the word “glorify” means “to light up brilliantly”. I don't think that God actually meant for us to put Christmas lights on our bodies or to wear sequins clothes, but I do see a connection to this with God's temple. In the Bible God's temple was a precious place that was decorated with precious stones, high arches, everyone who came dressed their best. It was a place not to show off how we looked or to compare, but it was a place to praise God for his love and grace.
Think about it, God just compared our bodies to a temple! Would you go into a temple and start breaking things and destroying everything inside?
Probably not. God wants you and I to take care of our bodies because it is not just any gift, it is a gift that no other organism on this planet can share with Jesus. We were made in our Lord's image. He chose you, me, and every person on this Earth to look like Him. What a beautiful blessing and responsibility.
So, then, what is the secret sauce to maintaining a regular workout routine?
Switching your mindset from a “me” mentality to a “He” mentality.
Ask yourself: “Am I doing this workout/diet/etc. for myself or am I doing as an outpour of my love for Christ?”
I encourage any woman reading this right now: if you ever are doing a workout to filled a void, pay back a debt to yourself, or for someone else: DO NOT DO THE WORKOUT.
You will never be satisfied and those “good feelings” will only last a short time.
Our God is awesome and worth praising for.
Praise God for His beautiful creation and praise God for this glorious gift of being created in His image!
The more and more you force yourself to get into this God-centered mindset, the more you will start noticing the raw and authentic joy you will have from working out.The more and more you force yourself to get into this God-centered mindset, the more you will start noticing the raw and authentic joy you will have from working out. Click To Tweet
Tips to Maintain a Regular Workout Routine:
- If you are not doing it to glorify God – then DO NOT DO IT
- Give yourself a heart check before each workout and check your motives.
- Pray before each workout and thank God for the body He gave you.
- Tell yourself that you are enough because He is enough
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV)
You are fearfully and wonderfully made,