Hey guys! How was your weekend? Mine was great – went out to a Hitmen hockey game (free tickets a member dropped off at the gym!) with Mikey and the gym owner and his wife, met a friend for a run Saturday morning (which wouldn’t have happened without her; thanks Barb!), met some new people Saturday helping move some gym equipment around and enjoyed a great sermon at the Saturday night service at our church. Sunday was breakfast at the in-laws’ (good food and conversation!), Christmas shopping for family, a movie at a buddy’s place and dinner out with good friends! A full and fun weekend for sure.
But it was the sermon at church that got me thinking the most as Monday’s here and the work week begins again. The sermon was the last in our series called “Flipped,” where we take a look at the sermon on the mount in Matthew and compare Jesus’ values with our culture’s ideals and values – which, as the title gives away, are flipped and so different than what we value. Blessed are the poor in spirit? Love your enemies? Don’t store up treasures for yourself on earth? Don’t worry about tomorrow? Yep – flipped! And this week the focus was on Matthew 7:7-12 in conjunction with Luke 11 and Mark 1. The topic? The Holy Spirit.
What stood out to me the most as we looked at Jesus’ baptism with the Holy Spirit, and after reading John with our small group Tuesdays when Jesus promises the Holy Spirit to his disciples after his death and resurrection, is the concept of dancing with the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:25 says,
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
Are you much of a dancer? I’m not, exactly. I’ll let loose at a wedding with Mikey and in a circle of friends, but I wouldn’t say I’m someone who NEEDS to dance and move. I love watching people like that, though! They move without fear of what others are thinking and without worry. When people can dance well with others, it’s really impressive to me – they keep in step with one another seamlessly.
(Me, MC-ing with Mikey at my sister-in-law’s wedding – I can hoola and speak at the same time, but follow Mikey’s lead on the dance floor? Not so much.)
That verse above really portrays a dance between us and the Holy Spirit. He is the leader and we are the responder. There is a beautiful life that we can only know once we are filled with and fuelled by the Holy Spirit, to be saturated with and immersed in Him! And it got me thinking about our lifestyles. If I say I’m a Christian, am I walking with and dancing with, being led by, the Holy Spirit? And does my life reflect my dependence on the Holy Spirit, on his leading and guiding, and not just my striving for goals and my own desires?
Oftentimes it helps me to relate this bigger-picture, “spiritual” concepts to my life in a fitness context. Am I focused on working towards a picture of fitness or health that is just about me (to be a certain body fat%, to have abs again, to lose my extra around the middle…) or about a truly healthy lifestyle? While vanity reasons are always a part of my motivation (and I feel totally okay about that!), it can’t be my only leading, guiding reason for fitness. Am I motivated by my health, 5, 10, 20 years down the line so that I’m able to enjoy life with my family and friends in a full way?
I posted this picture on my Instagram page recently and think it relates in some way to this topic. I think goals are great, and it’s tough to see change or get results without them! But if we just set time-based goals, or goals based on achieving one aspect of health, it will only have so much impact on our larger goals in life, on the bigger picture.
Burn it up! 🙂
Are you walking in step with the Holy Spirit in your life? And are you walking in step with your fitness philosophy, with where you want to end up health-wise? They are important questions to ask, and I encourage you to spend some time evaluating where you’re at, especially before we head into the busy holiday season – both for faith purposes and fitness ones! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below – let’s keep motivating each other to stay accountable to our goals, our values and our lifestyles!
Live well & be well friends! Have a great start to your week,
** If you want to listen to the sermon, check out the link here, Flipped: Dependence. **