Pursue God…Take a Walk!
“God created humanity in God’s own image, in the divine image God created them, male and female God created them.” (Genesis 1:27, CEB)
In a recent conversation with someone in the medical field, I learned a little bit about something called “Couch Potato Syndrome.” No…really…Couch Potato Syndrome! It’s basically a growing awareness in the medical field about the very real, and negative, health effects of our modern first world sedentary lifestyles.
One major effect is the weakening of the cardiac muscles of the heart. When we lead sedentary lifestyles, our heart becomes less fit and strong. So when we need to exert ourselves, the heart struggles, and so do we. Lack of heart fitness increases the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and more.
There is a spiritual side to this as well. Pastor and writer, Scott Chrostek, puts it this way in his book Pursuit, “Our physical bodies and faith are not different parts of two separate worlds…there is a connection. And when we seek to improve our physical body, our spiritual fitness improves as well.” Pursuing God full out is unavoidably rooted in our physical bodies.
Think about it for a minute…It takes physical effort to gather for worship; you drive to a church location, walk into a building and worship space, you sing, maybe kneel, listen for Scripture’s being read or other spoken words, maybe you see words, pictures, videos on the screen. All of this can lead you into a worship experience where you spiritually fall to your knees encountering God. And that’s just one of the many dimensions of a life in pursuit of God.
Pursuing God full out is unavoidably rooted in our physical bodies. So how we see and care for our bodies matters! Click here to listen to more (May 22 sermon).
So I invite you to join me in taking a step toward better self-care. Take a daily walk of at least 10 minutes. Get moving and see how your outlook about today, life, those around you…and even God…changes!
Your partner on the journey,