As I'm writing this I'm on a plane flying back to see my family after speaking to a group of people about their personal wellness...and my heart is heavy.
It seems like the longer I work in the wellness industry, the more I see wellness turn into a philosophy of making ourselves a better person, making ourselves more attractive, making ourselves happier, making ourselves people that can be worthy to receive love from others. And I have found that as an American culture, a majority of people are in pursuit of these things and in the process, we are starting to forget our need for God.
Please hear me, there is nothing wrong with working hard to obtain a lifted butt, ripped arms, and a lean belly (I am personally very thankful to have a wife that invests time in the fitness of her body on a weekly basis). But in the pursuit of these goals, we can easily become focused on our physical appearance and needs to the point we slowly drift away from our knowledge of the sweetness of God's soul satisfying, unconditional love.
We can easily get deceived into thinking our reflection in the mirror, how many likes we get on a selfie, or what the number on the scale shows can satisfy our soul the way a daily relationship with God can. As someone who struggles with this constantly, I have put together three tips to help if you struggle like I do:
- Before you look in the mirror and before you look at social media, spend time looking into God's Word. Even if it's just one verse, do your best to train your mind to look at God's Word before you look at anything else. This will help your mind to not forget the importance of finding your value in what God says more than how many likes your last post got, what your reflection in the mirror looks like that day, or what the number the scale shows.
- If you're trying to live a Godly life but filling your mind with songs of sex and partying, you are setting yourself up for failure. So when you go to the gym, work hard for the goals that you have, and guard your mind with your music so you don't slowly start to get brainwashed and forget where your true value comes from.
- Be careful who you're following on social media. Guarding our minds shouldn't just be something we do at the gym, it should be a constant discipline in our lives. If you're constantly looking at the "perfect" body on social media you might start to compare your body to those pictures, or you might slowly start to compare your spouse's body to those pictures. Both options lead down an unhealthy path. So challenge yourself to make sure your social media feeds are encouraging and powerful tools to help you live the life the Lord has for you.
I hope we never forget that these bodies are not our permanent home, or our primary focus. One day we will all stand before the Lord, and give an account for what we did with these bodies. I pray on that day we can all say, in God's grace, that we would have times of failure, but we were constantly moving forward on the path of living as a pleasing sacrifice to the Lord with every area of our lives.
If this blog has blessed your life, please share it. I would be honored if you joined me in spreading this message to not forget God on our pursuit of a fit body.
In Good Health,
Cody Bobay, NASM CPT, PES, CES, WLS, BCS
"Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad."
2 Corinthians 5:6-10