Faith, Fulfillment, and Fitness

Today’s blog looks a little different than the typical side of Kail. I reached out to my good friend Rex Ju for his take on faith, and how we can take the principles that direct our faith, and apply them to our fitness journeys.

Read his take below!

First and foremost, I’m an engineer by trade so I tend to overanalyze things and create unneeded stress. In terms of fitness and life in general, when I feel good and have a good sense of direction, I perform tasks better. This clarity translates to better workouts of course! Big take away message for those who practice some sort of faith (Christianity in my case) is…

  1. Be more purposeful: The better you can be in your career, the better sense of wellbeing you will receive. Why is that? Humans were made in the image of God to serve others, and thus achieve a greater sense of purpose when we do the best we can to serve others in the work we do.
  2. Worry less: You will perform better in everything you do when you are less anxious. God promises that if you trust in him with all your heart and not lean on your own understanding, he will make your path straight (Proverbs 4:5-6). We can rest assured that God is paving our paths straight even when it doesn’t seem like it in the moment; he always works things out for our good.
  3. Finally, there’s purpose in adversity: If you’re going through a tough time or a struggle, know that there’s meaning behind it, and it’s there to make you better…God teaches us lessons only through the tough times. Jeremiah 29: 11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

In conclusion, as counterintuitive as it is, the additional effort we put into other people and our careers ends up giving us a better sense of wellbeing and purpose. This translates to better health and fitness progress. Most of us dwell in tough times too long. We shouldn’t neglect these feelings, but we should recognize that adversity makes us stronger, and there truly is purpose in it. God sovereignty makes no mistakes and he always knows the best for us. It’s up to us to trust his plan and keep our head up!

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