"There is no such thing as failure, only delayed success."
Wisdom can be found in all areas of life. Lessons are taught every day without you realizing it. In today's world, everyone needs something to believe in. The belief system is an essential system to learn because it gives your life purpose. The great thing about this system is that it is taught so discretely that you did not know you were learning it until you have learned it.
As a personal trainer and a Christian, I realize that there are numerous similarities between fitness and religion. The number one factor is faith. To achieve a fitness goal, you must have faith that the goal can be reached, whether losing 20lbs of fat or gaining 20lbs of muscle. You must believe that it can happen before you start your path to that goal. To get there, you must use your spiritual eyes (which are the eyes that can see what is not physically present). Using your spiritual eyes will allow you to see yourself 20lbs lighter or more muscular so that you can continue your quest to physically becoming that way.
You use this same view to see yourself as a better person to become a better person.
It says in I Corinthians 6:19, "Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself," so you have been given a gift which is your body.
Sound familiar? Most fitness quotes are along the lines of “you only have one body” or ‘your body is your temple.” Why not take care of it? A method in most religions that are used to promote spiritual wellbeing is fasting. These are used to cleanse the body to receive more wisdom from God. In a fitness program, the first thing done is a cleanse, which is used to clean the body out of all toxins to receive better results from your workout. Sound familiar?
To motivate yourself through a workout, you would put on your headphones and listen to music. How different is that from the music played in the church to get through the service? You would use supplemental materials like the bible and hymn books to follow the word better and aid spiritual growth in the church. In the gym, you use vitamins and supplements to aid your physical development. When you go to church, there is usually a program to guide you through the service. Sounds a lot like a workout plan, doesn't it? After you have reached your goals in the gym, you feel different. You are in better shape, you are more confident, and you cannot wait to go back. The same thing happens when you reach your spiritual goals. The two paths are just as hard, but they have the same outcome, and the most important result from the two quests is the power of testimony.
When you get in better shape, you cannot wait to tell everybody. You have a sense of well-being that is hard to contain and hard to hide from the world. Sound familiar?
When someone gets saved or born again, what is the first thing they do? Tell everyone! That is the power of testimony. I said at the beginning of this note that lessons are taught every day. God has a learning system in the world that cannot be stopped—ever noticed that the obesity rate has increased and now people need to work out more than ever?
In the church, you are told the world needs God more than ever before. Do you see the connection? If so, you have ignited your belief system, and you are ready to run your race to success. The good thing is that you will see the trophy at the end of the race more clearly now.