Why did we ever leave Egypt?
— Numbers 11:20
Did you catch our verse above? The Israelites actually missed prison. Not long after the Israelites met freedom, they actually longed for captivity. Behind bars they had no choices. As inmates, they had no responsibility. Even though they were trapped, they were warm, cozy, and full. Their prayer for freedom was a dangerous one. But nothing a generation in the desert couldn't answer.
What about us? When was the last time you and I prayed dangerously? About finances, a relationship...our health? See, once they were set free, the Israelites faced the need for obedience and responsibility; so do we. Folks, our bodies are merely tools, not finished products. Better "fitness" simply means better equipped. It's tough to visit the poor from the couch, and it's impossible to see the hurting in our own mirror. But we're warm, cozy, and full (even if of ourselves). (Note: this should speak to both the fit and the not-so-fit.)
If God allows us the opportunity for better health the rest of the year, what will we do with it? Will we sit? Focus on ourselves? Will we allow a generation to wander before we see health as a means of praise? If so, why did we ever leave Egypt?
- jimmy peña
Speaking of dangerous prayers, last week Team PrayFit gathered. Last week Team PrayFit came undone. From around the country, members of the small PrayFit family circled the wagons to pray and plan. In one respect, being undone means being made free. Unchained. Restored. Made right. And in that regard, we are. But being undone also means being unfinished. Yeah. In one word, undone, you have the make-up of a small band of brothers and sisters who choose Christ and count everything outside of bringing glory to God's grace as loss. Fitness and food are "meaningless vanity" unless God is glorified through them.
I am still spinning from the things we said, planned, agreed upon, unanimously denied, rose above, realized, and targeted. Helping the church with humble, bodily stewardship while simultaneously making Jesus famous in the fitness industry is complex. It's dangerous. But we're praying those kinds of prayers.
Here we come, guys. PrayFit RISE is fast-approaching. If you're in the area or if you're out-of-state, we invite you to join us for PrayFit RISE Los Angeles 2017. Benefitting kids affecting by special needs and global missions, PrayFit Rise 2017 is an experience that celebrates Jesus, His love, our growth in grace and service to the community while seeing health through the Gospel’s lens.
Promoting PrayFit Rise is Exercise Physiologist and New York Times bestselling author Jimmy Peña - founder of PrayFit Ministries. PrayFit RISE will allow everyone of all ages to celebrate grace while learning to live a healthier, humble, modest, service-driven, grace-filled life.
Spanning Los Angeles and surrounding areas, invitations will touch as many as possible and marketed as a celebration of Jesus, His love and grace, faith, fitness, food and more!
Preachers, world-renowned Christian speakers, dietitians, fitness experts, and more will be on-hand to make PrayFit Rise 2017 an unbelievable experience for everyone.
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