This post is fifth in a series of six articles on how fitness benefits many other areas of your life. So far, we’ve discussed how challenging fitness regimen can improve your productivity, disposition, relationships, and finances. Today, we’ll discuss how embarking on a fitness regimen can awaken your heart and mind to the glories of God.
Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Can you sing this Psalm with the psalmist? Is this the sentiment that flows through your soul today?
Unfortunately, for many of us, the drudgery of everyday life can suck the praise and admiration of our Lord right out of us. Demanding clients and rude coworkers can pull our eyes off the simple beauty of the world around us, and by the time we get home in the evening, we’re more likely to ignore or mistreat our families than lead them in a song praising the awesome power of our Creator.
So how can a challenging physical regimen help us reclaim a child-like sense of awe for our God? First, by stimulating bloodflow through the body and serving as a outlet for frustrations, as we discussed a few weeks ago. But there is another element to fitness training beyond these simple chemical responses.
Have you ever seen someone drive up in a fine-tuned Corvette or a shiny new Harley? The moment you see the sleek exterior and hear the engine purr softly, you are flooded with a feeling of admiration and appreciation beauty. If you bask in the moment a bit longer, you’ll find you have an appreciation for the designers and builders of such a fine automobile. You think about all the planning that went into the production of the car, and you’ll see how each individual piece gracefully fits into the complete package, each part fulfilling a particular role in harmony with every other part.
This simple example is merely a slight glimpse into the appreciation of the human body that can come with an ongoing commitment to fitness. When I first began exercising in high-intensity functional movement training, I had a certain level of appreciation for what my body could do. But as I progressed in various compound movements such as squats and snatches, I became more and more amazed at the amazing intricacies and harmonious interaction of the body’s many systems. This machine that God built by his infinite divine creativity is indeed something to be marveled at, not only for its beautiful cohiesiveness but for it’s incredible ability to adapt to new challenges.
See His Glory
It is very easy to neglict our bodies and take for granted the life we are given each new day, and many in our culture have done just that. They spend their time on other things and allow their bodies to slowly decline–allowing flexibility to wane and strength disappear. Along with the loss of these capabilities comes a loss of appreciation for the miraculous systems that make up their body. If you want to gaze on the glory of God the way an art patron might gaze on a beautiful work of da Vinci, start your journey by visiting the ThriveFit page and trying out Workout 1. Although it may take many workouts for you to reach a deep appreciation for all the capabilities held within your body, in time you too may just find yourself singing with the psalmist, “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made!”