Exercise and Faith

Recently I’ve been thinking about exercise – and then attempting to do a little. Those who know me will know I am interested in long-distance running. Before you think I’m some incredible slender guy who practically sprints a marathon like an Ethiopian – let me just make it clear that I’ve never run a full marathon – just halfs so far… And to be honest even at the end of these I tend to look like a football player in the 18 yard box when a defender is within 10 feet of his proximity: Rolling around like I’m about to die.

Heather and I have been attempting ‘Insanity’ recently, one of these 60 days workout schedules. We’ve been jumping about in our back garden with the volume turned down low on our laptop so that the neighbours don’t hear the trainer having a massive shout at us through the screen when we’re not giving it enough power. I’ll write about it at some point, probably near the end when I’ll feel really smug about my efforts.

Whenever I’m in a season of disciplined regular exercise, it gets me thinking about its connection with spirituality, and my relationship with God. I’ve had this conviction of the importance of exercise for a while now. That it’s simply not good enough to neglect our physicality, to live physically unhealthy lives as followers of Christ, as if he couldn’t care less. The more I think about it and read about it, the more I feel stirred by it. Now, I was in the middle of crafting a post for here that would share my great thoughts in a wonderfully articulate and life-changing way. Then those clever little ones at RELEVANTMagazine.com wrote this article – which is simply far better than what I could compose right now. I feel that Tyler Huckabee has properly hit the nail on the head with this one. At some point maybe I’ll write something of my own, but only when I feel I could add to this(!), which may be never.

So take a read, and for now, lets not believe the lie that our physicality is not linked to our spirituality. It really is. There’s got to be some reason I ultimately feel great after a run around!


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