The irony of it all.
My father went to college on a football scholarship. He majored in P.E., took a leave during World War II, and then returned to complete his degree and become an Army officer for life.
He and mom adopted me as a baby so, unfortunately, I didn’t have his gene pool. But he was determined to trade the gene pool for a swimming pool, and we spent endless summer days with him trying to teach me to swim and dive. My skills in both still leave a lot to be desired.
As the years of childhood progressed, I was usually the last to be picked for the kickball team in P.E. class, hated anything to do with physical activity, and used a supposed heart murmur to keep me from intentional exercise during high school and college. As a college senior, I was praying I wouldn’t fail the freshman P.E. class due to having to run a mile and a half in a certain amount of time. My only goal was to keep up with my roommate who used to run in high school. I’m thankful I didn’t literally pass out or worse… I had had NO physical activity throughout my life until that very day.
While my husband was in dental school, my mother bought me the Jane Fonda workout video. That was my first attempt at any cardio.
Today, I’ve progressed from Jane’s workout to cardio, strength, and other forms of physical activity.
Since I’m adopted and I have no medical history, I have made a decision to control all the variables that I CAN without knowing my genetic pool. Of course, this includes diet, exercise, and lifestyle choices. Don’t think for a minute that your lifestyle choices – day in and day out – don’t have a cumulative effect on your overall health. If nothing has happened yet, let these statements resonate from Gary Thomas’ book Every Body Matters:
“Fitness isn’t about avoiding disease; it’s about avoiding frailty” (p. 114).
“About 66 percent of adults in the United States are either obese or overweight, with abut one-third being obese” (p.120).
“The reality is, however, that exercise usually adds to our lives. A Harvard alumni study, which tracked deaths among 17,000 men for more than two decades, suggests that “overall, each hour spent exercising adds about two hours to a person’s life expectancy” (p.165).
Here’s the reality: I have no idea how many days have been ordained for me (Psalm 139:16). But God has created you and me with a WILL to choose how we each will be a steward of the ONLY body He has given us.
In addition, He has a plan and purpose that only YOU can fulfill. That only I can fulfill.
It’s your mission. It’s my mission.
How can you NOT take care of yourself to complete the tasks He has for you? How can I NOT take care of myself to complete the tasks He has for me?
I’m now in a class with likeminded students as we encourage each other to fitness. Forget the P.E. class of old. It doesn’t matter anymore.
The irony of it all.
If I can change, so can you. Today.
This is Hope Unveiled!