Guest Blogger...Kisa Raye
EXERCISE IS NOT A BAD WORD!
The word exercise brings many to their feet, and others to their knees. Why is there such a different reaction to this word? Like many things, we have a reaction based on our past experience. Was it pleasant or was it not? That very idea of a word or experience pre-determining our current situation becomes our biggest obstacle.
So, let’s go back to what the word exercise means and try to better understand it’s importance. The definition of exercise is, “something performed or practiced in order to develop, improve, or display a specific capability or skill.” As a health and fitness professional, I encourage individuals to exercise so that they will improve their health. That’s the literal meaning, but don’t we also “exercise” in other ways throughout our life? In order to improve or become better at something, we must practice or exercise that habit. This approach seems so obvious, but for so many of us, we give up before we even get started.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4
Most of us do not understand that we actually exercise all day. Maybe it’s not physical exercise, but throughout most of our day we are challenged mentally and spiritually. This is where wonderful growth and change happens. Growth happens because we commit to the practice of exercise. We create habits that lead us to a more balanced, peaceful and God centered life. As a result, we become focused on the transformative journey. God reminds us constantly that we must stay focused on our commitment to Him.
So our daily exercise should consist of… PRAYER…PATIENCE…KINDNESS…HUMILITY…JOY…TRUTH…THANKSGIVING…GRACE…FORGIVENESS…AND…LOVE. How different our life would be if we practice his principles, give our burdens to him and walk in his promises.
“We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrew 6:12
This type of exercise makes life sweeter, more manageable and brings us closer to our creator.
It seems pretty simple.
So exercise and experience how full your life can be. A joyful life with Christ!