Fit for the Fight
If you know me at all, you know some of my passions include fitness, healthy eats, and a good adventure or two. My husband frequently rolls his eyes and laughs because of my tendency to be "dramatic" (I hope some of you can relate). But I know that these passions and tendencies God has placed in my heart for a reason, and that He has been slowly cultivating the "why" behind them. It's something we all have to wrestle with, I think - the "why" behind what we do. For me it's why do I love fitness? Why do I love pursuing a healthy lifestyle? And why oh why am I so emotional 99.5% of the time!?
I don't think I'll ever figure out that last one. But let me share with you what I am figuring out. Above all these things that I love to do, I love God a hundred times more! My ultimate desire is for my passions and my desires to line up with His desires and His passion. God has uniquely placed them in our heart because it is our purpose to live them out! So where in the world does fitness and health find its way into God's purpose for me as a woman, and in turn women everywhere?? The answer for me was...
Wonder Woman (insert husband rolling his eyes). Have you seen it?? If not, do yourself a solid and watch it ASAP.
When I walked out of the movie theater, I definitely was inspired to hit the gym. However, I also walked out knowing God had somehow, against all odds, used Hollywood to speak truths to my heart. Before you judge me too harshly, here are 3 reasons this movie backs me up on my belief that we need to be physically fit, as well as spiritually fit, women today.
1) 2 Timothy 1:7 "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power and love and of a sound mind."
You don't have to see the movie to know that Wonder Woman is all about a woman who saves the world. She does not do it by putting men down - she does it by realizing who her father is, and using the power he instilled in her before she was born. Watching this movie, God spoke so clearly to me that it was the same for me. And it is the same for you. If we only realize who our heavenly father is, we are gifted with the Holy Spirit! What a weapon! The Holy Spirit is not "one that shrinks from danger" (KNOX version) and he "doesn't make cowards out of us" (CEV). No, he takes away that "spirit of fearfulness" and makes us strong, brave, and unafraid. If we're naturally shy, the idea of being "bold" or having "a spirit of action" might be unnerving. Will we suddenly turn into wild women? Speaking out in business meetings? Approaching strangers on the street? Take a deep breath (Yogi in me). With the Holy Spirit as our source of power, we can be sure that whatever He prompts us to do will be for your good and for God's glory.
2) Eph. 6:10-12 "And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, and put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest ... This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels."
Need I say more? I love the MSG version of this chapter and over any version because it lays out the importance of living this life as if we are at war. The enemy may not be coming at you with a sword like he does Diana. But he does try to trap us with comparison, insecurity, anxiety and doubt from all angles. All the time. With technology today it is easy for him to paralyze us and render us useless. I love the scene were Diana stands up and unwaveringly says "I am willing to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves." I never want to be caught off guard (aka, in between Netflix episodes) when I am needed by the Lord most. I pray we would always be willing and eager to stand for what we believe. For our God, our family, and those who cannot fight for themselves.
3) Eph. 6:13 "Be prepared. You're up against far more than you can handle on your own."
This verse is a continuation of the previous chapter, but drives home the point that we are in a life or death battle. And in a battle against "the devil and all his angels," we cannot stand alone. In the beginning scenes of Wonder Woman, it shows a group of woman called the Amazons. These women train day and night because they know a war is coming, and they must be prepared. Diana is trained by the Amazons, and eventually leaves to fight the darkness in the world. She is not only fit to fight physically, she is genuinely kind and compassionate to everyone she meets. Here's the thing - we don't have to all be Victoria's Secret model warrior women to win this war for souls. It isn't how we look that matters in battle, it's how we feel. We cannot fight for our family, friends, and others if we are sick or weak. We must daily feed our minds and spirit with what is true and lovely, just like we must daily feed our bodies with what is good as well. Being beautiful on the outside is not the goal. Feeling healthy, fit, and ready to fight is. Because it's not a matter of if hard times are coming, it's when. The beauty of it is that my weaknesses (too many to count) are one of your strengths. And my strengths are someone's weaknesses. The more open and honest we are about living in our strengths and sharing those weaknesses, the stronger we will become as a body of women. As an army.
This is why I am so in love with this magazine. It's a safe space to be real with one another, without judgment, and together find out what it means to be a godly woman in 2017. As I read the articles I am so encouraged by the women around me and have such hope for the generation after us. Will you rise up with me? I cannot do this alone, but I know with God we can and will be unstoppable.
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