May 20, 2020 - Exercise

When I woke up this morning I knew that my exercise for today was awaiting me. To tell the truth, performing the exercise is not difficult, it is a matter of making up your mind and simply doing it. It is called disciplining yourself. Covid-19 has forced us to stay home and staying home has caused us to eat more and eating more has caused us to put on more weight. The danger in weight gain can work against us if we do not engage in some type of exercise or activity. I would venture to say that if you think you have gained weight, you probably have. If you think you look like you have gained weight, you probably have. If you are having difficulty getting into your pants or dress, then there is no doubt, you are a victim of weight gain. If you are still in doubt, get on the weight scales and prove it. Let's not get carried away regarding the weight gain, rather the question for today is, how are we taking care of our bodies physically during this pandemic?      

"Do you not know that your body is a sanctuary of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. According to the apostle Paul, God requires us to take care of our physical bodies and to do that, exercise becomes part of our daily routine. We are reminded that our bodies are not our own, for they belong to God. I don't know about you, but if I borrow something from someone, I give more care to it than if it were my own. It does not belong to me; therefore I am responsible for taking care of it. The point in all of this is to encourage us to exercise and take care of this wonderful gift God has blessed us with. I was speaking with one of our church members earlier in the week and during the conversation he informed me that he had just returned from his daily 7-10 mile walk. I was impressed with this gentleman, not calling any names, but now I understand his secret to being such an active president of the usher board. He is always filled with energy and bouncing around like there is no end to the day.

I don't know about you, but I realize that exercising and eating healthy increases my stamina, but it also puts my mind at ease. If you have joint issues, proper exercising and eating properly can reduce the stiffness in those joints.

If you are not on some type of exercise program, make a change in your life today and start slowly by taking a short walk around the block. You will be surprised at how much it relaxes your breathing and reduces your stress. So do your part in preserving and protecting the body God has entrusted to you.

Now is a good time to become adventurous by making your exercise enjoyable. Working in your flower beds, gardening, cutting your own grass, washing your own car, riding your bike, walking, tread milling, etc. can be new challenges, but rewarding ones. Come on, get up off that couch and get going. Avoid that heart attack by becoming more active physically.    

Just imagine how physically fit people were during Jesus' time just because they basically walked everywhere. (John 7:1) So often we hear in scripture that Jesus was going from one city to the other and it appears He and his disciples were always walking. We have been spoiled by the invention of automobiles, elevators, escalators, motorcycles, ATVs, etc.

Mark Twain said, "The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like and do what you rather not."

It is a proven fact that participation in physical activity can reduce the risk of chronic diseases. African Americans experience higher rates of many forms of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke when compared to other ethnic groups. Research has proven that physical activity can reduce these health disparities. Come on, let's get started. Build an exercise program into your stay-at-home schedule.

Not a sermon, just a thought!

Robert Earl Slade, Pastor