These men’s blogs I’m posting are being sent first as emails to all the men in our church and even though I’m directing them toward men I believe everyone can benefit from them. So they’ll be posted here (sometimes with minor changes) one week after the men have received them as emails.
TREAT YOUR BODY RIGHT
“Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.” (Luke 2:52, NLT)
In this one sentence we see a clear framework for our own personal growth as men. We’ve already talked about how every man should be growing in wisdom. Every man should also be improving in their physical health.
When Luke, as a doctor, says, “Jesus grew in . . . stature,” I don’t believe he was simply referring to Jesus growing from boyhood to manhood. I think he was also referencing Jesus’ overall health. When you consider the amount of physical punishment Jesus endured leading up to the cross He must have been in good, if not great, physical shape.
I don’t believe a man’s body shape defines his worth or value, or that physical fitness should become a little “g” god in a man’s life, but I do think it is important to have some good physical goals and practices in your life. To put it another way, if a mind is a terrible thing to waste, then dying prematurely of preventable diseases is another way of wasting a good mind.
If you want to get ripped, go right ahead! That’s cool, but my own goal is basic health for better energy levels and a long fulfilling life here in this age so I can influence the world around me and be here for my family as long as possible. So I exercise five days a week for about 30 minutes. I try to get 6 to 8 hours a sleep a night and eat less, especially less junk food. My goal is to comfortably move one notch tighter on my belt!
I’ll be back next week to tell you about the third area every man should be growing in.
If you’d like a resource to help you improve your physical health we have Steve Reynold’s Bod4God book available in the church office for an $8 donation (or free if you can’t afford that). You can also go online to order one: http://www.shop.bod4god.org/category.sc;jsessionid=386E3E4DC38DFB7E5C90C6390335EF84.p3plqscsfapp005?categoryId=2 (but they’re $19.99 there).
*Inspired and adapted from an article by Brandon Cox