Christianity and Fitness – Meditation

Please read the previous article in the Christianity and Fitness series: Intimidation.

As with most things in life, it is better to take things slowly. If you rush through things, you might miss a detail, get in an accident, or not reach the goal you are striving for.

With both Christianity and fitness, it is important to take your time so that meaning isn’t lost and your time isn’t wasted.

Christian Meditation

Psalms 1:2 says, “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.”

What is meditating though and why is it important?

According to All About Spirituality, Christian meditation involves the believer wanting to be filled. Filled with what however? The quick answer is with God and His Word.

Are you still stuck? Check out these things to meditate on from Philippians 4:8:

  • Whatever is true.
  • Whatever is noble.
  • Whatever is right.
  • Whatever is pure.
  • Whatever is lovely.
  • Whatever is admirable.
  • Whatever is excellent.
  • Whatever is praiseworthy.

Meditation and the Bible

There comes a time and place for speed reading, but this time and place is not with the Bible. What is more important? Having read the Bible all the way through, or having read a key verse and understanding it and applying it to your life? I’m not advocating not reading the Bible. I am saying to take your time with it.

Just like you wouldn’t devour your dinner as fast as possible, it is not entirely beneficial to devour as much of the Bible as fast as possible. Take a bite, chew it slowly, swallow it, and digest it. Ask a friend what he or she thinks a verse means. Look up the verse on the Internet. Write a journal entry about it. Pray to God about the verse.

One could read through the book of Mark in less than a day if need be. Our church, for example, has been studying the book of Mark for more than a year. The book before Mark was the book of James. My church takes things slowly and makes sure we fully understand what a particular passage is talking about.

Would I have gotten as much out of James and Mark had our church just rushed through them? I remember reading each of these books rather briskly on my own time, but I never would have gotten the context and meaning just from reading them on my own. I needed to meditate on these books to get something out of them.

What Does Christian Meditation Have to do With Fitness?

Romans 7:25 says, “Thanks be to God — through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”

Paul is talking about his mind being filled with God’s law, but his body still having a sinful nature.

Your Mind is Strong. Your Body is Weak.

You may have the goal of running five miles in your mind, but after the first mile, your body might be telling you to stop. Just as Paul has the right intentions of obeying God, his body (sinful nature) might win over. The goal is to let your mind — which is hopefully a slave to God’s law — win over.

A Soldier returning from Iraq told me that a Soldier has to endure the toughest of trials. A Soldier’s body may be incapable of performing, but the mind has to keep it going. Sometimes fitness can be all mental.

Meditation and Exercises

In one of my exercise books I have here at home, one thing that is constantly stressed is to take all exercises slowly. Meditating on exercises can reduce injury, and can also increase results.

When performing exercises — such as lifting — it is important to perform these exercises slowly and to concentrate on working the right muscles. Just as speed-reading through the Bible will not help with verse memorization, speeding through exercises will not encourage muscle growth.

One rule of thumb is to go slow if you want to build, and go fast if you want to tone. However, you have to build before you tone.

Conclusion

It is important to meditate, whether it is meditating on a verse or on an exercise. Meditation facilitates growth. Start building upon the foundation of Christianity and fitness, but do so slowly to ensure a strong and rigid structure.

9 Comments

  1. nice work on the scripture. –cp

  2. Thank you very much Claudia. I appreciate you stopping by again (and for being a subscriber).

  3. ronalfy, thanks so much for this. I really needed to 'hear' this and will share with Gpa. We are on diets and your posts on Christianity and Fitness are truly an inspiration and help.

    Blessings,
    Grandma
    @ Grandparents Corner

  4. Thanks for the encouragement Grandma. It's been a while since my last C&F, so your comment should motivate me to be on a better schedule.

  5. I went back one evening and read every one of them, so they are encouraging and great with the scriptures to help. Our last church had a weight loss support group, but charged $80 to join for like a 6 week course. Wasn't in the budget at the time. My wish is for a biblical based weight loss program online, to last several weeks, and be free.

    I may be wishing or dreaming too high to be able to find such a place. lol

  6. I have been in the field of fitness for over twenty years. My passion in my teens was to get in the best shape of my life and it was the basis of my thoughts. My journey began by focusing (meditating)on all things fitness and as a result, fitness became a regular part of my life. As I began to perfect the physical aspect, my mind was being neglected along with my spirit. I began my mental program with positive thinking workshops,books and tapes but it was not enough. The Lord seeked me out in 1993 when my client gave me my first student bible. The lesson is if someone needs to be physically, mentally, and spiritually fit, they will need to make it their focus.

    Rob Maggio

  7. Rob …its great post !!
    i agree with you and i couldnt say it better….

    thanks !!

  8. For me meditation reconnects me to spirit which is what I believe the original meaning of religion is. Thanks for talking about meditation and the bible, I enjoy hearing people’s interpretations.

  9. Meditation is something everyone should do. Guided Meditation help me to relax and distress every day.

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