Why do I write about spirituality and fitness?
When I first started writing, I was in a dark place. I felt then, as I had felt for most of my existence, that areas of my life were slipping out of balance. I had been in Singapore for a year, studying the Bible at Four Seas Bible College.
Yet, while my spirit felt more alive than it ever had, I felt incomplete. I felt the need to be able to look after my body and my soul. Having previously been a personal trainer and working out every day, I had experienced the rush and wellness that comes with having a fit and healthy body–but I had also experienced the struggles that come with obsession.
I was sitting there one day at the computer, feeling very low about my life. Torn between what I felt were two different people, two opposing identities, when I realised.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
I decided then and there to stop thinking of all the things I loved as being in conflict with one another, start finding ways for them to work in harmony, and encourage others to do the same.
Encouraging myself and others to become happier, healthier, and holier became my passion.
Some people have gotten annoyed at me for preaching both a message of self-improvement and grace, secular education and spiritual education, physical and spiritual exercise, physical and spiritual food.
But I can’t stop, because the more I have explored this topic, the more I have found how these things are definitely are not opposing forces but rather when we embrace them all without obsession, they work in perfect harmony to create perfectly whole, satisfied beings. This is because we cannot ignore the fact that we as beings are multi-faceted. We have minds, bodies, souls, and relationships that we need to care for–and if we do not care for them, we become miserable.
It’s not about being the hottest person on the planet, or the most avid scholar, or the most networked person in the world, but about nurturing all the parts of our being to the best of our ability so that we can have the greatest influence on others and the longest, most effective service possible in the kingdom.
I also found in learning more about the nature of habits, that I am not alone in finding that keeping my body and mind alive through various pursuits of fitness and creativity produces a greater spiritual clarity. As Charles Duhigg said, “Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”
“Typically, people who exercise, start eating better and becoming more productive at work. They smoke less and show more patience with colleagues and family. They use their credit cards less frequently and say they feel less stressed. Exercise is a keystone habit that triggers widespread change.”
― Charles Duhigg,
It creates a culture of self-mastery and control. So, while some may argue that it is less important than spiritual pursuits (which it most certainly is) it doesn’t really help to think of it that way.
Instead, when we think of it as helping us in our spiritual self-mastery, it becomes a friend to our Christianity rather than a stumbling block.
This is the piece I had been missing all along.
And the more I write and research, the more I come to realise that balancing all things without obsession not only makes us for better people ourselves but helps to nurture our relationships both inside and outside of the body. In looking after our beings as a whole, we present a better picture of Christ.
This is why I continue to preach the message that nurturing mind, body, and soul, and relationships is key to living happy, healthy, and holy.
Balance. Confidence. Grace. Strength. Health. Growth. Happiness.
All can be pursued and obtained while walking boldly to Heaven.
Because we can live confidently and boldly as women of Christ–not lacking in any good thing.
This is why I write.
Things I am constantly striving to do (and encourage others towards):
- Have Jesus and His church as the main focus of my life.
- Have a sound, happy, and healthy mind–-free of depression and insecurities so that I can focus on what I need to do.
- Love my husband the way God wants me to.
- Thrive in my role as a wife.
- Learn from others the BEST ways of doing things.
- Maintain a healthy, functioning body so I can use it to serve my Saviour and my fellow man to the greatest capacity.
- Keep the balance between all the loves of my life.
My first ever post can be found here: Chasing Crowns or Corruption: Keeping Your Eyes on the Goal
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