How did we get here? I sipped my coffee, enjoying the cool evening breeze, contemplating life as I sat on our backyard patio while Terri was at her yoga class. Back in the day, Sweet T and I used to go the gym regularly. We would even go together.
Overweight, out of shape. That’s me. Something has to change, I thought.
Change happens when the pain of staying the same is greater than the pain of change.Tony Robbins
After a number of years of taking up space in the garage, I took my bike out for a spin around the neighborhood earlier this week. In recent months, Terri and I began focusing more on our physical health while we continue healing spiritually. As we look back, the last last five to six years threw a series of curveballs in our life, derailing any attempts at living a consistently healthier lifestyle. The Great COVID Invasion of 2020, made that even more challenging. For us, living healthier means making better food choices and carving out time for exercise.
Whether it involves healing from a hurt or breaking a deadly habit, recovery is hard. It requires time and demands commitment.
Sweet T has been running ahead of me on this one for sure. Since the beginning of the year, she’s been more dedicated to physical exercise. She’s been attending a yoga class twice a week and now, through the generosity of her employer, is able to work out in the company gym several times a week. Terri started yoga to increase her flexibility. One of the things we have discovered as we get older is the harsh truth that our bodies become less flexible .
Me? I’m just getting started.
Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are all part of living a healthy lifestyle and honoring the Lord with our bodies.
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Our schedules don’t really align for us to walk together very often during the week, so we started walking together on the weekends. Walking is helping us heal spiritually as much as it is helping us be in better shape physically. The truth is, I love spending time with Terri and if working out is something that allows us to do that, than I am all in.
I’ve mentioned in several previous posts that we’ve been looking for a new place of worship since leaving our home church at the end of last year. 2020, politics and the pandemic, truly did a number on churches. I see many faithful followers of Jesus searching for new places to worship. I’m not sure what’s up with that, but I can only presume God’s up to something. In the meantime, Terri and I are walking through a spiritual recovery.
So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.1 Corinthians 10:31
Truth is, I’m just happy to spend time with my bride, so if that means being a gym rat, so be it.
How about you? Are you struggling more physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually since the COVID pandemic invaded our lives?
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