A person can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in their own toil. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment? To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
In today’s Free Fitness post, we are remembering what matters in the grand scheme of things. Ecclesiastes is a great place to camp out when you need to reel it all back in.
Today we are asking ourselves what we are spending time on, what we are focusing on, and what we are giving value to.
What is your reason for trying to be fit? Be completely honest. For most of the years that I “toiled” away on the treadmill, hopped around my living room in front of the TV, and worried about every bit of food that passed my lips (healthy or not), health wasn’t a motivator for any of it. I wanted to be thin and beautiful, I wanted to feel in control, I wanted to “live my best life”. Take it from someone who knows this road all too well, trying to “living your best life” is a bunch of crap.
Thankfully, the Lord opened my eyes to the same thing that Solomon saw. It’s all a chasing after the wind. Not one of us is going to escape aging. Not one of us is going to escape death. Not one.
So at the end of your life, what will have mattered? That you made sure your diet was completely free of preservatives and low in calories? That you ran thousands of miles to nowhere? That you hit that number on the scale? That you fit into a size 2 or 6 or 12 or 16?
What matters at the end of the day?
To the person who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God.
Ask yourself? Is your life just gathering and storing? If so, stop. It is meaningless.
If you are still asking yourself, “What in the world does this have to do with fitness?”, here is the bottom line: Have you prayed today? Have you opened your Bible today? Do you have any plans to do so? Does your heart have a desire to please the Lord? If not, this whole fitness thing may help you for a few good weeks, months, or years, but it will in fact, like everything else, end up as a meaningless chasing after the wind.