Most of the time, when people hear the word stewardship, they think they’re about to hear a sermon about how the pastor wants them to give more money to the church. If this is your understanding of this term, prepare to hit the reset button. Stewardship means to manage well something that’s in our possession, but doesn’t really belong to us.
Stay at My Place!
Think of a time where a friend has let you borrow his car, or spend a weekend at his lakehouse. How did you treat his stuff? If you’re a good friend, you took great care to use your friend’s property well, avoided damaging it, and cleaned up when you were finished.
In much the same way, it is important that we recognize that we are not truly owners of our life, money, or even the body we have. These and all things are gifts from our Heavenly Father, to be used for His glory (see 1 Corinthians 6:12-20).
Understanding the concept of stewardship in regard to our physical body has a radical effect on one’s desire to begin and maintain a fitness regimen. Instead of sitting on the couch thinking, “which sounds more fun, an intense 20 minute workout or watching another episode of Lost? Hmm… I think I’ll just forget the workout today,” a person who understands stewardship feels compelled to care for his body through proper exercise. Just as you make time to change the oil in your car to avoid engine seizure, you are inherently motivated to maintain your physical body to honor and serve the One who entrusted it to you.
Make fitness a priority in your life today by clicking the ThriveFit tab above. You’ll find recommended workouts for all fitness levels and many other resources to assist you in your fitness journey. Here’s to a fitter and healthier 2013!!