Fitness can be seen as a boring aspect of life. Maybe we first think of a routine gym workout, a boring meal plan, or deprivation. This can stunt our progress and make our fitness plans seem like something to dread rather than look forward to. And because health is such an important aspect of our ability to live out our lives to the fullest, sometimes we need to get creative with it. Since we know that God created us all unique with special skills and abilities, it doesn’t make sense to say that there is such a limited approach to fitness.
Romans 1:11 (ESV) says that, “For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you.” We should not only apply these gifts to our spiritual walk with Christ, but they can also be used to build up our body, which serves as a temple.
By identifying the gifts that we have, we can use them to better our health. For some of us, we have a special connection with nature. So why not put focus on exercising outside and maintain a vegetable garden? By discovering what God has gifted us with a love or special ability for, we are able to promote these lifestyle changes as new methods of health for others to share with us. Maybe you have a talent for organizing. If so, you can find ways to implement this gift in as many areas of your fitness routine as possible, such as creating a workout schedule or focusing on maintaining an organized fridge with healthy foods.
God gave us all unique gifts so that we may excel in that area and share those things with others. When everyone has a unique specialty, we are able to witness just how many options there are to get healthy. That makes the whole concept of fitness seem like less of a burden and more of a creative pursuit. By keeping our bodies healthy, we can ensure that we will be able to carry out these same gifts as we advance God’s kingdom.