Ripped and flipped


IMG_1318When I (somewhat facetiously) said I wanted to get ripped at the gym, Sister —- flipped. Four times she asked me if I was serious.

Yes, there is some vanity in my muscle building. But there is also good.

I go to the gym for about the same reasons I go to church: I am imperfect and I want to get better. I want to live healthy and have joy. I am willing to invest in the future.

My comments didn’t seem so unreasonable to me. If my dear Christian sister reacted wildly, many of my gym friends would do the same: You go to church, why???

It seems perfectly coherent to me. While my gym buddies are into their bodies (and not their souls), a lot of Christian brethren are into their souls (and not their bodies). Sadly among Christians, many equate fellowship with food. While they are spiritual rigorous, they are flabby and undisciplined with taking care of the temple of the Holy Spirit. And my gym buddies are foolish to worry only about their bods, which are temporal.

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11 responses to “Ripped and flipped

  1. Nice analogy 🙂
    I like the comparison.

  2. woundedjoy.com

    I am interested in how you came up with mustard seed budget?

    • Six years ago I wanted to tell the story of how God blessed our ministry. We went from nothing to a thriving church and Christian school. I felt like the mustard seed parable really spoke. God provided finances miraculously. Since starting my blog, I have drifted from the original purpose. It has been a wonderful journey

  3. Have you ever noticed how the dominant food color at church potlucks tends to be brown?

  4. I love this! We need to be spiritually and physically healthy. And being physically heathy will help us be our best self to be spiritually there in the world. Keep it up!

  5. Amen! So on target as always. Our bodies are the temple of God…we must take care of them….but how vast the need to care for our souls!

  6. It’s only wise to exercise body, soul and spirit.

  7. Wow! What an honor to be mentioned! Sister ____ here. You’re looking good there Pastor Mike! I took a 20 minute walk today. lol!

  8. Yup, spiritually and physically fit…
    Plus, cleanliness is next to godliness! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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