Life Gets Fit

arnoldThere’s a common thread going around churches these days, and it’s also a multi-teared, multi-billion dollar industry: Health. In blog world there’s Fat Ragamufin, Tri 2 Lose, Fat Blogger, Chunky Chicano, etc. Ed Young preached a series called “Body by God“, and his wife even wrote a cookbook to go along with it. Here’s a fun news segment on the epidemic:

So it just makes sense to me to do a series for our church called, “Life Gets Fit”. What it would be is group therapy, getting healthier together (a la: Rick Warren, “Better Together”). This series would cover three areas:

  • Spiritual Health
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health

I know it sounds a little daunting. But if Christ did come to offer freedom, to give us true life, and to live amazing, confident, victorious lives, how can we do that if we are unhealthy or unbalanced?

So in my mind this series would be a 3 part series that spanned about 12 weeks – I know that’s a long time, but I am thinking about breaking old habits and starting new ones. Such as changing diets, changing exercise patterns, creating personal devotion time with God, spouses, families, changing how we interact with our church, our “neighbors”, our community, and our world.

Somewhere on another computer, I’ve already got message titles and stuff – but you get the basic premise. In addition to weekly teaching, I’d like to see an interactive blog that we could use to offer additional resources as well as a platform for personal accountability, sharing stories of success and failure. So I already purchased lifegetsfit[dot]com. specifically for that purpose.

Oh yeah, physical and spiritual health are pretty easily understood, but mental health invokes images of straight jackets and sedatives. So what I mean by “mental health” is really more like “relational health”; having healthy relationships with family, church, community, etc. I guess you could look at it like this:

  • Spiritual Health: God and Me
  • Physical Health: Me
  • Relational Health: Me and Others

Check out this video…

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Life Gets Fit

  1. eric

    At Church of the Highlands (and New Life) they have an Intern program called 24:7. One of the things they do together everyday is work out. They start the morning with a jog and then hit the gym. I think it’s a great idea because it not only keeps you healthy (which helps your mind work better), but it creates comradery.

    Love it!

  2. jamesmclean

    I think this is an excellent idea. It just has to be implemented very carefully so that people are free to participate as they choose. One really good book that has tips is “The Abs Diet”. I know it sounds cheesy but I went from 194 to 169 in 2 months from applying it.
    I think part of the relational/emotional health part should include entertainment…what we watch and how much of it we watch. I guess that might fall under time management. Sometimes I just need to unplug.
    Anyway, i hope Life church moves forward with that idea. It sounds great!

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