HEALTHY DEMANDS

May 24, 2010Read: Genesis 22

"Isaac spoke up and said to his father 'Abraham, Father?' 'Yes, my son?' Abraham replied. 'The fire and wood are here,' Isaac said, 'but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?'" --Genesis 22:7

I've probably said it before, but when I was a kid my dad said to me, "Son, never give God anything that costs you nothing." And if I've ever felt like my father's son, it's now, as we're about to send PrayFit to churches across America.

And part of our message will be for believers who are set in their ways to embrace a paradigm shift in the importance of physical health; to see a healthy heart and lower bodyfat as a means of praise. Plainly said, something so fearfully and wonderfully made deserves more attention and upkeep.

That simple truth reminds me of an old song about Abraham by singer Larnelle Harris called "When Praise Demands a Sacrifice."

"When praise demands a sacrifice, I'll worship even then, surrendering the dearest things in life. And if devotion costs me all, He'll find me faithful to the call, when praise demands a sacrifice."

So if we embrace the belief that our health is a means of praise, and if praise demands a sacrifice, what will it cost you?

--J.P.

IN WHAT AREAS IS GOD CALLING YOU TO MAKE A SACRIFICE?

Keeping in mind that your health is ultimately and inseparably intertwined with your duty as a believer,  which of the following areas do you feel that you may have room for improvement personally?

1. Making smarter choices at lunch 2. Eating less food at each meal 3. Getting up earlier to prepare breakfast rather than eating fast-food 4. Walking around the block with your spouse each night 5. Training with push-ups, sit-ups and bodyweight squats before heading to work 6. Playing outside with your kids 7. All of the above 8. Other

Let us know how we can help you achieve your goals, not only in the realm of fitness, but also those things concerning your health that you know would please the Lord. And if you're looking for yet another good starting point, check back here tomorrow for the PrayFit Workout of the Week.

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