Today’s workout…..

I’m currently doing a workout from called “Building your Beach Body.” It’s a three day split with upper and lower body workouts.  I had to cut the workout short in order to make it to one of my classes but this is what I did today:

Somewhere in the middle of this workout, I just wanted to quit! Not only was I running out of energy, I also had the nagging thought that none of this really matters anyway so why bother pushing myself. And then I thought of this scripture:

She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness for her God-given task] and makes her arms strong and firm.  Proverbs 31:17

So I looked up the scripture and took a moment to really think about it….. (Thank goodness for iPhones and Bible apps!) This one workout does matter. I’m doing exactly what the scripture instructs me to do by making my arms strong and firm.  And it matters even more when I take the time to align my spirit and soul to the physical me who is working really hard.

You see, I am convinced that this physical body of mine ought to be a representation of my inward spirit and mental well-being. I’m not saying that I should look like one of the fitness models in my Oxygen magazine but I definitely should be doing everything within my power to be the best Sharon that I can be – body, soul, and spirit.

Today I allowed the woman in this scripture to challenge me to push through my workout and align myself to God’s word…….

Speaking of this Proverbial Proverbs 31 woman, I can’t help but wonder how I would respond if I were to meet her in real life. I think she would be intimidating if I didn’t take the time to get to know her. But if I were to gather up my courage and introduce myself I’m pretty sure that she would be more than willing to be a mentor and friend.

Maybe, like me,  there’s a real Proverbs 31 woman in your life that you’ve been afraid to introduce yourself to….. If so, I’m hoping that this post encourages you to gather up your courage and introduce yourself to this amazing lady. I’m sure that there is a lot that she can teach you. And it wouldn’t be a one way street – there is a lot that you can share with her.

Always remember this – when we align spirit, soul, and body then we too become that Proverbs 31 woman.

21 Day Challenge

There is only one thing in life belongs to us and that’s body. Everything else either relationships or temporary possessions.

Let’s begin with the three most important relationships in our lives:

  • Our partners join their lives with ours but they do not belong to us. They choose whether they stay in our lives or leave us behind. And even if they stay with us for the rest of our lives we know that one of us will see Jesus before the other.
  • We have children but they’re not ours. We are only temporary custodians until they are mature enough to make decisions on their own.  
  • Our parents care for us as children and we care for them in their old age but we always know that there will come a day when they will see Jesus long before we do.

Everything else is temporary because we know that we can’t take it with us:

  • Money
  • Houses
  • Cars
  • Jewelry
  • Clothes

If you were to observe anyone’s life for a week, you’d be able to tell what was most important to them by how much time they invest in it. Is more time spent taking care of the temporary things like houses and cars than investing in relationships?  Do they take care of the relationships and neglect the body?

If we do not take care of our bodies, we will be unable to take care of the relationships or anything else. It’s not selfish to invest time and money in taking care of yourself. In reality, it’s a gift that you give to yourself and to those around you.

21 Day Challenge: Begin to invest time, energy, and money into taking care of your body by planning healthy meals, scheduling time to exercise, and setting a regular bedtime.