adapt: to make fit (as for a new use), often by modification
I’ve been thinking a lot a bout “fit-ness” lately. My husband and I recently got FitBits, and we have been working on increasing our activity level and eating less. We realize we aren’t getting any younger or fitter by just sitting around doing nothing. If we want to feel better and be able to do the work we have to do and enjoy life, we know we have to get our physical bodies in line with those goals.
But at the same time, I’ve been trying to get in better shape emotionally and spiritually so that I can be a better servant of Christ and a better mother, wife and friend. I need to be fit for all the roles God has given me. And most importantly, I need to be fit for the kingdom!
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17
As a new creation in Christ, I have a new identity. But I usually walk around identifying with the old self, believing lies from Satan about who I am. I often believe I am worthless, a failure, destined for a life of depression and destruction. But that is not who God says I am. He says I am worthy, holy, redeemed, and whole, destined for a crown and a life in His kingdom in glory! I have to adapt my body for physical success. I also have to adapt my mind and heart for spiritual success, speaking the truth to myself and believing what God says about me and my future.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
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Renewing our minds with the truth of who we are in Christ is a daily need for sure! Your FMF neighbour this week.
Thanks so much for stopping by, Jodi! 🙂
I used II Corinthians today, too. Great verse for this prompt! If all spend as much (more) time on our spiritual health as we do “obsessing” over our physical fitness! Certainly true for me. Enjoyed your post –
So timely! Thanks!!
So very true. As we focus on fitness, may we remember to keep our hearts, our minds, and our souls healthy. Good to think on this morning!
Putting on the new man. It is a choice to allow God to transform you by the renewing of your mind. Love this. #60