A Challenge

A short time ago we posted a picture with Nathan doing a pushup with Abigail on his back during a time when he was responding to a “pushup challenge.” A comment we received on that post asked if the Maxwell men would challenge others because the mom writing wanted to see her sons getting involved in some beneficial physical activity. So that’s the background.

Our family has embraced physical fitness in varying degrees as a way of being good stewards of our health. “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things” (1 Timothy 4:8a). An aspect very important to us is that exercise is kept in balance with the pursuit of godliness.

In discussing this, praying and seeking counsel, we felt we would see if others would like to be challenged to improve their fitness and health in a family-friendly, spiritually beneficial way.  Through the years our family has sought to do things together as a family and this might be something others would appreciate.

The plan is to begin on February 1st with a push-up challenge for anyone in your family who wants to improve fitness at home. It would be great if it was the whole family, but it might be Dad and his sons, Dad and Mom, just the children, or one only. It isn’t a competition, but everyone “wins” who is willing to work at it. No one is being compared to others, but the goal is for each one to improve from their current level of fitness.

We envision this as something families could really enjoy doing together. So with that introduction, let us know what you think. If there is sufficient interest then we will post again with more information. Comment below if you are interested.

God bless,
Steve and Nathan

“For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things” (1 Timothy 4:8a)

62 thoughts on “A Challenge”

  1. Great idea! Our family is in! Can’t wait for the details. Thank you for continuing to encourage families in ALL ways!

  2. I’ve got at least 7 boys that are definitely interested! Us girls aren’t much for push-ups, but maybe walking challenge or something similar for the ladies???

  3. Oh yeah. Very interested. Hmmmm, could be a topic of next book? Hmmm, the title? How about “A Little Profit, by Steve and Nathan”….or “The Maxwell Balancing Act”….or….I better just stop…..I can’t resist…..”Redeeming Your Fitness”…..sorry I had to do it…..”Managers of your body”……..”Getting Bodily Exercise with a Meek and Gentle Spirit”. I know. I will stop now. Totally interested though.

  4. Dear Mr. & Mr. Maxwell! 🙂
    We are interested and cannot wait for the rest of the information to get started. 🙂 I am hoping it will be a full family effort. Thank you all so very much for your continued encouragement and willingness to better your lives and the lives of others all for Christ!
    🙂 May God bless you richly.
    Mrs. Karie M. & Family

  5. I will have to show this to the men in our house. Especially Connor. He has been working on pushups for a week or so now. I think they would enjoy it!

  6. What a great idea! Our family has been talking about how to get more active during the winter. Our family would be in. Thanks!

  7. I think this is a great idea. My wife and I have really appreciated all that your family has done over the years. May God continue to bless you and yours.

  8. I am very interested in this. I love finding ways to stay healthy, as a family. I am a certified fitness instructor with a health education background. Before the Lord really took hold of my heart, I focussed on these areas too much. He has since blessed me with a wonderful, godly husband and four beautiful children. He has shown me that He is the author of all things, and that taking care of our bodies will benefit us, but shouldn’t dominate our lives. We would love to hear your thoughts on this, as well. On my heart, lately, is a desire to share times together being healthy, as a family. Not having mom go to the gym, Dad go on a jog, and the kids getting their exercise in group sports, led by someone other than their parents. God has led me to put Him first and then my family next. This has resulted in not teaching an aerobics class since the birth of my first child, eight years ago. I’m so thankful he has refocussed me in this area. I am blessed to use my skills and fitness knowledge to benefit my family, and it has been a lot of fun. Kids love to stretch, do sit-up/push-ups, run obstacle courses, hike, and just have a good time outside, with their parents. Long story short, I’m very interested in this topic. Thank you for bringing this up for discussion. May the Lord continue to bless and strengthen your whole family. Thank you.
    P.S. I have a picture of my husband doing push-ups with our daughter on his back at age 2. She is now 8 years old and doing push-ups, herself. Fun!
    Amen Kris,
    Fitness usually splinters the family and doesn’t have to. Thank you for being a part.

  9. Sounds great! Could we also do something regarding nutrition? Your family seems to eat very healthy, maybe some ideas, recipes, menu plans, etc. This is an area God is really convicting me in lately. Just a thought!

  10. I would love to participate. My daughter was just telling me about how is able to do more situps than others because of her ballet training and the conditioning it requires. Likewise, she said she was unhappy with her pushup numbers. I hope to get my son on board too!

    Mr. Maxwell sent me an encouraging email not too long ago, and I have really thought about what he told me. Thank you so much for the spiritual example you and your family have set for those of us who are still in progress. We are all still “in progress,” but as a single mom who has to work, I am learning how to apply your principles with my home and children.

    We love you all, and Happy belated birthday to your son!


  11. This sounds great! Our family would love to join in on the fun! Looking forward to more details!

  12. As a fitness coach that wants to see families getting fit together, you can bet I’m interested. Looking forward to future posts about this.

  13. Well it looks like our household is in too. I’m especially interested in ideas on how to stay physically active at home, if you don’t have a lot of exercise equipment to use. So sounds like push ups will be right along those lines.

  14. My dear husband and I have been looking for a way to get more physically fit. Him because his wife is a good cook and myself to get rid of the “baby belly”. If it is something that we could involve our kids in that makes it that much better. Please keep us updated…

  15. My husband requires our sons to do 100 push ups a night before bed. I think it would be great if we (as parents) joined in also to make it a family affair! (Lord knows I could use a reduction in arm flab! lol) & for those with little ones, mine range from 4 to 8 & have all learned to do perfect push ups! The four year old will do well in skip counting when he gets to that in math, but he does DO them! 🙂

  16. OH! for the ladies (espec those that are pregnant) that want to join in…doing your pushups on a wall may be a more suitable alternative if doing them on the floor causes pain or strain. Blessings to all!

  17. Wonderful idea! Yes, our whole family would love to join in. We like to do these things together to promote family unity.

  18. I think this is a great idea! My brother and I have done chinups/pullups before but it would be fun to do push ups. It not only can teach us to be diligent in keeping fit, but also teach us to keep strong in the Lord diligently! Great Idea!

  19. God’s timing is so beautiful. Our family purchased (they arrived 1 week ago) some of your CD’s and on this past Sunday we listened to your talk on sports. This has been a topic among our body of believers and something we had been praying and studying about. This is also the first email we received from you all, and your addressing something we have begun asking ourselves. As with so many other issues in the christian family there is much plowing to do, as the first generation to cover this ground in a while. We are curious to see what you work out. Looking forward to more. And thank you for seeking to address relevant issues among christian families today.

    ps My husband is an engineer and recently worked on a new athletic park, it was being constructed on the acreage from a sold out farm. My husband pointed out the irony, that our society has replaced small family farms where the opportunity to become strong, skilled, mature, responsible, contribute to the families income, have a healthy diet and work together as a family & community existed; for sports which separate family, promote consumption of convenience foods, leave them lacking in life skills, consume the families resources, and appear (from the pro athlete testimonies) to delay maturity and responsibility. Oh for some good old fashion WORK:)
    Well said.

  20. I’d have to say we are one of the fitness fragmented families. Dad consistently works out and the girls get plenty of fresh air and exercise. Mom, however has never successfully and consistently scheduled fitness for His duty. We’re in, too.
    Kim C. And Family

  21. Phil and I walk together, along with the 3 dogs, every evening. We go down to the water and walk along the path and then back up through the neighborhood. We go rain or shine. This is our time together to enjoy being together.

    Up until last year we belonged to a gym where I was the one that frequently went to swim laps. God spoke to our hearts and we ended our gym membership. As a former competitive swimmer I do miss swimming and pray I can find something else to fill the need. I hope you’ll add something for the women to do as a challenge. Maybe a walking challenge.

    I will be keeping you all in prayer as you begin this journey.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  22. Great idea!

    I made the decision to take my son out of karate when the classes ended, and I have decided not to put them in any more sports. It kind of helps that neither are particularly athletically inclined, and they go to their dad’s (who does not have a car) every other weekend plus I refuse to stand on a field in the rain of a saturday, and of course, practice on sundays would be out of the question. I’m just not that kind of mom. What we do instead is family walks, go to parks so they can play, and we swim and skate as a family instead of lessons. Besides, those lessons are expensive! $52 per child times 2, and for only 10 lessons. So if you get colds or something then it’s money wasted. And family time is in short enough supply around here anyways; it must be carefully guarded every minute.

    So yes, count me (and us!) in some kind of challenge or accountability thread or whatever you end up getting going!

  23. Our family will plan to join the push up challenge.

    Thank you for initiating this and for your concern for the spiritual and physical health of those around you.

  24. We would love to participate. We too have been looking for something physically-active to do together when the weather is so cold!

    Totally off the subject, but just wanting to post that I am so grateful for the writings of the Maxwells that often explain how change / growing comes gradually to the family (although of course sometimes it can happen very quickly). I am sure I am not writing this well! But it is heartening to us as a young family to hear that some decisions / changes happen in the family over a period of time, and that there is nothing wrong with that. Just as one example, we really strove (is that a word?) this year to make our Christmas 100% Christ-centered. I don’t think we got 100% there, but certainly better than we had done in the past! We will try even harder (and begin in a better place) next year! Thank you and sorry to ramble on. :>

  25. The V. Family of 8 would love to be involved. What a great idea and we are very interested if this is a go…from Dad and Mom right through the whole family…

  26. I am interested for my children. I have been actually thinking about this lately. They get a lot of physical activity playing, riding their bikes and running around our little track in the backyard, but we have never really focused much on exercises. I think this will be great for them!

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