Welcome to the second installment of a blog series that I will be posting on Thursdays called Fitness Hacks: Free Fitness.
The topic of this post is rest. This may be a new take on it for some of you though.
Free Fitness: Why You MUST Rest
Managing stress is the first and most important step toward a healthy life. The reason for this is that we humans are delicate creatures! Somewhere along the line, we started thinking that a good life is one of striving and going above and beyond.
While this is the way of the world, it is not the way of the Lord.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:2
I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. Psalm 3:5
God has created us for His glory. He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep. He is the Vine and we are the branches. Do you see who’s doing all of the work? *Hint: It’s not us.
Now, we are to work hard (Colossians 3:23). But when we are submitting to the Lord and do HIS work, He enables us to do it. I love these verses!
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
So when we strive, when we burn the candle at both ends and spin our wheels trying to glorify ourselves, it is HARD. But when we rest in the Lord, fruit is brought forth! And there is so much peace, you guys.
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
I know many of you are in situations that are stressful that you have no control over. This is different. Know that God has not left you and there is a purpose for your pain…
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
But today I urge you to get alone with the Lord and ask Him to show you things that are in your control to change. Many times we are stressed out and burned out by things that we don’t even need to be doing in the first place. Ask God to reveal to you your true heart and to change it for His glory.
I know this may seem like it has nothing to do with fitness but it has everything to do with it. You MUST rest before you can move forward to a healthy lifestyle. Without peace, your overall health suffers. You can’t sleep which caused overeating. When we are anxious, we hold onto weight. Not to mention, all of this leads to extreme exhaustion which makes life HARD to live. You may hold it together for months or even years but the crash is coming and when it does it will be a hard hit.
God has created us to need Him. Call out to the Good Shepherd. There is peace in the pasture, my friends.
“‘Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security. Jeremiah 33:6
Until next week, blessings.