In 2009, I wrote in the first PrayFit book that "our pursuit of health isn't about perfection, but about obedience and discipline. It's about progression." Over the last couple of years that line and versions of it have been used in many an Instagram image. Well, pulling that book off the shelf today - blowing the dust off of it I admit - was a neat exercise for me. So many lines and pages in that first book I wouldn't dare say today. Isn't that funny? But that's for another time and place.
Anyway, back to that line about perfection and obedience. Something I read by Pastor Tullian recently made me think of it. He wrote, "
It's upside-down from our pursuit of health in many ways, right? At least in some cases (and for at least a while) health and fitness is about progression, consistency and effort. All things I completely support and endorse if you have the gift of ability. But such adjectives aren't congruent with the life of a believer. Why? God's law demands absolute perfection; utter flawlessness, unblemished, untainted, pristine perfection. Live a perfect life and you get to go to Heaven. The standard is the highest standard that has ever been set. But because we can't even begin to describe how miserably we can actually describe how bad we miss it, God sent His Son. If our future in Heaven were similar to our pursuit of health - dependent upon our ability to stay consistent, be progressive and our continuous unwavering effort - we'd be in trouble. Tullian continues:
When it comes to our bodies, I'll continue to teach progression, consistency and effort. But when it comes to our souls - my soul - I choose perfection. Since Jesus is perfect and God sees Him not me.