Seeing Words

Blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it. (Luke 11:28) Christian vocalist Mark Harris has a wonderful line in one of his songs that goes, "Preach Christ, even if it means use words." Plainly put, our actions to an unbelieving world matter more than what we say. I thought of that line last week watching the recap of Nelson Mandela's memorial. By now you're aware that while the President and other world leaders offered their speeches, the sign language interpreter was doing anything but interpreting. Sadly, some people needed to see words.

As Christians in the fitness industry, what an exciting opportunity you have to take God's message to your individual corners of the world. Without a doubt, someone is listening to your actions. Among undoubtedly countless other lessons, your daily diligence and discipline have helped them make better food and exercise choices. Imagine, your life in motion is a spark that may have extended the lives of others. Some are also watching what your life says about humility and modesty. In an industry with no shame, you -- the Christian in the gym -- roar when you don't compromise. Whether your life is all about His hands and feet, or your own abs and arms, they hear it loud and clear. What an awesome responsibility.

Friends, those around us who don't know Jesus, they live in silence. Much like the deaf community last week, they could be depending on a stranger, straining to hear every move. Who'll deliver if not us? Our one chance to get it right could be their only chance to get the message. Our life is that chance. Our chance is our choice. Our choice is a voice. Let's keep talking. Preach Christ, even if it means use words.

–Jimmy Peña

"Whether your life is all about His hands and feet, or your own abs and arms, they hear it loud and clear."

EXERCISE IN FOCUS: THE LUNGE

Lunge | Focus: Legs, glutes, hamstrings, lower back | (VIDEO)

Stand with your feet together, abs tight and eyes focused forward. Step forward with one foot. Bend both knees to lower yourself, making sure your front knee doesn’t pass your toes on your front foot. Stop just short of your rear knee touching the floor and reverse directions, driving through the heel of your forward foot to return to the start. Alternate legs for reps.

TARGET MUSCLES: Glutes, hamstrings, quads

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