Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
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Why Run?

Why do you run? Why do you work out? Why do you eat healthy? There are an endless amount of responses to those questions. But as for me, well, I only have one. I am constantly being asked why I enjoy running and lifting and taking care of my body, it's almost as if people are enthralled by the notion of proficiency in fitness. It really does dampen one's spirits to see how unmotivated and debilitated so many people are in the aspect of personal health. Can you imagine a world where people actually thought for even a nanosecond, Maybe I should start taking better care of my body...?! It's every personal trainer and dietitian's dream! I suppose I should get to the meat of this post, i.e. the reason I workout, eat healthy etc. It's quite simple actually, just read 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20. Weren't expecting that, huh?

I'll save you some time and give you the verse right here;

"Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price; therefore, glorify God in your body."

I think there is a very VERY important point here. 'You are not your own' is telling us that we belong to God. He ultimately owns us, and the fact that He gave up His only son for us is a pretty big deal. We kinda owe Him, right? Now you see why I work so hard for optimum fitness and nutrition. What kind of servants to Him would we be if we filled our bodies with junk and didn't take the time to care for them? I'd say that's pretty insulting to the man upstairs. We need to honor God with our bodies. It's really the least we can do.

Every time I don't feel motivated to run or workout, or if I'm craving something that I know has trans fat, I think of that verse. Every single time. You may think I'm some pretentious, high-morale Jesus jerk for trying to preach to you, but it's really really important to me that people get it. That it CLICKS. Our body is a temple, and inside of us is where the Holy Spirit lives. Shouldn't we at least give Jesus a 5 star room during his stay?

Happy Trails!

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