“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, SELF-CONTROL; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Have you ever felt guilty for being unhealthy? Have you ever felt frustrated about your weight? If you’re like some people I know then the answer is probably, yes. I know when I think about being overweight it’s how I feel and is a reason why I started this blog series last week. Like many whom I’ve spoken with, being overweight or unhealthy is something that weighs on us both physically and emotionally. Additionally, my frustration reaches beyond just the physical and emotional implications of my life. This is because I also have a professional basis of disdain, which I’m choosing to use as a motivator and ministry tool.
My professional disdain stems from the fact that I have a Masters in Physical Education, but yet my lifestyle does not reflect the degree I’ve earned. I believe this jeopardizes some of my own personal integrity and leadership abilities. After all, as a pastor it’s very difficult to persuade others to have self-control when I don’t practice it myself, especially since I have the knowledge to do better than I do. This is one of many reasons why I want to lose weight and become healthier. Simply, I want to use the tools I possess to have a better physical integrity so I can personally set a better leadership example for others and show them the way.
Also, a personal trainer once told me, “You will extend your ministry in the gym if you apply yourself here.” His point is true, which is being healthy can only serve to help our ministries in the long-term. This is why I believe the connection between wellness and integrity is true for every leader, and it’s why I’m starting with myself. I don’t want to just believe his statement that is echoed in Galatians 5:23, I want live the truth found in his statement. The greatest physical tool God has given me is my body that houses my mind and my soul, which are used to lead others in their spiritual lives towards Christ. Therefore, I believe I should be a good steward of my body if I expect to be a more effective minister and leader in my community.
In conclusion, being healthy isn’t just about my physical appearance. Practically and spiritually I want to physically increase my quality of life so I can do what God has spiritually called me towards. Also, by exercising better self-control not only will I be able to reach this goal, but I’ll also be able to increase my integrity and display a leadership example for others to follow. My prayer is that this journey towards a more physically fit life will inspire you in your leadership and integrity too. However, I’m not just going to pray for you, I want to share with you some of the methods I’m using too. Again, God has given me the means to know how to care for my physical body. He’s also given me this education so that I can use it to minister to others. So I’ll see you next week with not just an update, but also some practical advice. Together I hope we can lead each other and I’ll see you then!
My weekly statistics are I now weight 178.4 down from 183.6 and my waistline is now 39 inches from 40 inches. That’s a loss of five (5.2) pounds and one-inch (1) loss in waistline.