You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body - 1 Cor 6:20
Every Thanksgiving, I go to South Carolina to visit my family. We enjoy the food and fellowship when we are down there. However, I must admit, I have a tinge of sadness when I visit. The reason for this is that I think about my mother's 2 younger brothers that passed far too soon. Both of them were in their forties when they died. The common denominator was that they didn't take care of themselves in the way of physical fitness or diet. The fact that they were overweight, when combined with other factors, led to their early demise. This had a profound impact upon me. I will readily admit I didn't start right away. I was really intimidated to start working out. However, I knew that not changing my habits would have severe consequences, so I started. You don't have to have the physical conditioning of a triathlete, bodybuilder or a marathoner. You have to start somewhere. Start by walking up the street or doing a few minutes on the treadmill. The key is to start. I guarantee that once you start a program that is comfortable for you, you will never look back. I did it and as a result, I have participated in a fitness regimen on a consistent basis that has lasted for over 20 years. My wife is now a part of it and the kids are starting as well. God has provided us with one body and we have to take care of it the best that we can. Unfortunately, we can't trade it in for a new one, but we can work on the one that we have.
The thing that I'm really happy about is that I have a cousin (he's more like a brother) that has started a physical regimen. The cool thing is that he's enjoying it and sharing his success with me. I check in with him on a regular basis to make sure he is staying on track (pun intended) and hold him accountable. Hopefully, his example of undertaking and sticking to a fitness regimen will spread to his kids and others in his circle of influence. That's the power of one man at work.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.