I'm not going to tell you work out today. I'm not going to tell you to eat right, to drink more water, or even to sleep seven to eight hours tonight. In fact, I'm not going to discuss anything related to your physical fitness in this entry.
Being that I'm a fitness coach, and this is a fitness blog, nearly all of my topics are related to your physical wellness. But I'm departing from that today, because I'm compelled to talk about a more important, eternal, and deeply personal realm of fitness.
But first, let me tell you about my client-friend, Linda. An avid fitness enthusiast, I met Linda at a health club where I work. She was one of the first members to participate in the group personal training program we offered, trained regularly with other trainers, and competed in physique competitions. By day, she was chief counsel for the IRS, by night (and weekend), a gym fixture, easily spending two or more hours at the club at a time. She seemed indefatigable, and more youthful than her 50-something age reflected.
Last week, Linda thought she caught the flu. While I don't have all of the details, I know she also contracted a bacterial infection at some point, which, within just a couple of days, shut down her organs and took her life.
As I and many others mourn the sudden loss of Linda's life, I was painfully reminded of how fragile life is. And as someone in my fitness circle, it was a sobering punch to the gut that no matter how fit you are, no matter how hard you exercise, no matter how healthy your diet, not one of us is immune from life's passing.
This isn't a surprise to anyone, of course, but it prompted me to ask my readers the following questions:
As a follower of Jesus Christ, whom I believe took on the sins of the world, died on the cross and rose again for those who will believe in Him, I'm thankful for the confidence I have in my eternity. For this reason, I have a great for love my readers, my community and the world around me, and I wish for nothing more than for others to share that same assurance. Because when that day comes, there's nothing we can do--not one more burpee, not one more sprint, not consume one more protein shake--to prolong our life.
Linda, too, knew Jesus, so we may find comfort in that knowledge as we deal with her loss.
In the days and weeks ahead, it will be my prayer that before your next fitness activity, you will spend a few moments asking yourself the questions I listed above, and be able to answer them with confidence and peace.
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value
for all things, holding promise for both the present life
and the life to come.
~ 1 Timothy 4:8
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I am not a registered dietitian, nor a medical professional. My blog is a representation of my views and experiences, which are not intended as medical advice. While I am a certified personal trainer, descriptions of things I eat and exercises I perform may not be suitable for everyone. Please speak with a medical professional before making any changes to your current routine.