I\’m not an exercise guru of any sorts. I do have certifications in training and group fitness, but I\’m a pastor first. I just like people and love to see God transform lives. Exercise is a way that you can actually see the physical results of transformation.
Here’s what’s interesting. I don\’t like to exercise, but I know that consistency is going to be the best way to live longer and be a more effective agent for Jesus. (That is our job, right?)
Here are seven fitness truths that I’ve picked up in my years of training. (Be sure to read to the end!)
1. Start somewhere. It gets easier. Before long, it will become a habit.
2. If something disrupts the schedule, don\’t get discouraged. It’s normal for that to happen. Just jump back in and try to stay consistent.
3. Mix it up a little bit. Try different things and different environments. Add music or try total silence.
4. Do it with others. At least communicate with a group about the process. Accountability is key.
5. Find new ways to challenge yourself. As your routine becomes second nature, try new things to keep it fresh.
6. Look for new ideas and advice from others.
7. Kids can do it. Teach them its value. Studies show that when positive habits are implemented in a child’s life, they are more likely to continue those habits as adults.
Now that you’ve read through the list, go back and read the seven truths above — but use this filter: Devotions. You can\’t afford to not practice the spiritual exercise of daily devotions.
As a follower of Christ, a kids minister, or a parent, it’s vital to be spiritually fit. Here are some kids devotions to help you help them grow, too.
“For the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8, HCSB).