Sometimes our bodies can be challenging, stubborn, rebellious—you just name it. Combining our faith with our fitness endeavors, however, can help us to succeed and sustain us in the long run. Faith and fitness are like a catcher’s mitt and a ball. They go hand-in-hand. Many people claim that their faith helps them to stay committed to their health and wellness goals. Desiring to live a healthy life for God drives these individuals to exercise and eat healthily. In the devotional letter below, the writer shows how she integrates her faith and fitness to help her live a healthy, committed life. She openly shares her struggle and at the same time reveals a beautiful relationship with God who she knows is not too busy to care for her well-being.

Dear Daddy,

I do not feel like exercising this temple of yours. Am I being lazy? Or do I really need to rest? Or am I just not motivated today? Or this week? It’s been 3 weeks now since I have not exercised. Father, give me a desire to care for this temple of yours. Help me to rest, so I am not too tired to exercise it. I need your help, Holy Spirit, to make me do what I’m supposed to do. I feel like Paul when he said “I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate” (Romans 7:15). I don’t like feeling demotivated, sluggish—like an old car. I want to feel life!

Today, I went to the gym and walked right back out. Yes, I did! I was really not feeling it. I know I shouldn’t always listen to my feelings when it comes to working out, but I just didn’t want to be there. I preferred to be at home with my legs up after eating a good meal. I know it is important for me to exercise in order to stay healthy. So please help me to do this. I look around and exercising seems to come so easy for most people, especially the chick who stays on the stairmaster for 2 HOURS in the gym!!! That’s my workout in a week! You know, for me, it is a struggle. I wish eating my favorite pack of butter cookies was a struggle. I know you have bigger matters than this to attend to, but I figure if you know every strand of hair on my head, I might as well tell you everything in my life.

Thank you for listening. I will do my part and go to bed early. Refresh me while I sleep, so that I will be motivated to exercise in the morning. I am even going to sleep in my workout clothing just to show you how serious I am. All I need you to do is get me up and going. Don’t let me think. Just put the fire of your Holy Spirit under my feet, so I’ll jump out of bed, put my sneakers on and walk out the door.

Sigh! At last I feel like I can start all over again. You make me feel like there is always a new beginning with you. Thank you for understanding. Again, I’m sorry for slacking off on the job when it comes to your temple maintenance. I really love how you support me always. Thank you for not making me feel guilty. Convicted—yes! But never guilty. I love you.

With Love & Gratitude!

Prayer: Father, thank you for helping me discipline my body and supporting me in what I am doing. You desire me to be in good health, so I know you will help me succeed.

Scripture: Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit (3 John 1:2 NLT).