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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Adventures in Fitness 12: One Guy's Attempt to Knock the Rust Off: Anxiety Relief and More

Last night my daughter and I headed to the fitness center, me as a member and she as my guest. Little did she know, or anyone else, that I was there on a covert mission. I was there to relieve personal anxiety over upcoming events ... changes in an indefinite time frame that I've worked for these past seven plus years and now hope to bring to fruition. Needless to say, such times cause anxiety ... at least for me. So, off to the gym we went. 

I knew from past experience that the work out would work its magic. Sure enough, as the first few minutes on the elliptical machine (a personal favorite) my fears for the future dimmed and sweated out my pores. I know that Jesus addressed this issue in Matthew 6: 25-34: 

25Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will 
drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body 
more than clothing? 26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather 
into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value 
than they?27And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?28And 
why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they 
neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like 
one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and 
tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you 
of little faith?31Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will 
we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; 
and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33But strive first 
for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you 
as well. 34“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of 
its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today
But, how exactly not to worry ... Philippians 4:6 states, Do not be anxious about 
anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Sure, I DO that, but this puny human still needs more in his frailty so, well, I exercise. I find the machines I like best, the ones that challenge me and give me joy and I use them. And I discovered a new phenomenon. While I exercised, I began to blue sky things a bit, imagining what I might do next in that new role. Exercise ministry for those who are interested. I looked it up upon returning home and sure enough it exists and has a bunch of methods for making it work. So here I am, newly relaxed, maintaining my personal "temple," and getting new ideas for leadership. Not bad for one evenings work. 

As it says in Proverbs 12: 25 Anxiety weighs down the human heart, but a good word cheers it up. I hope these words will be good for you and send you off to find the exercise routine that works for you and helps you shed the worry, the fear, the anxiety ... as you are good to yourself. Who knows, you may have a good idea or three as well. 

UPDATE: My "temple" now weighs less than it has in many a year, according to my scale this morning. There's another anxiety reliever, let me tell you!

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