What a great response to the test post on a fitness challenge!! We’re ready to go on our side. We grabbed a few pictures the other night to set out some suggestions on proper form, and they will be with the next post. A rough plan has been completed to cover the next 90 days; we’re looking forward to it.

As Dad did in his initial post, I would like to again provide a bit of encouragement in a few areas.

First, balance. Scripture says that “bodily exercise profiteth little.” We see that there is benefit in exercise, but according to Scripture, it is minimal. Our bodies are Christ’s temple; they are what He indwells. But, our spirit is what will live forever. Therefore, to neglect what is important for that which isn’t would not be a good thing. For someone to get their pushups in for the day, but miss their time with the Lord would show misplaced priorities.

Secondly, we are not wanting this to be a catalyst that encourages joining of gyms. We’re sure some will disagree with this, but we don’t see gyms as a wholesome environment for Christians. Between the modesty, music, and TV, they aren’t edifying. Therefore, our challenge is to encourage physical fitness that can be accomplished at home.

Thirdly, we desire to build the body, not injure it. With exertion there is the possibility of injury if there are existing physical problems or poor form/execution of the exercise. Please be sure you have correct form, and if you have any concerns or questions about your current health status, check with your physician. We won’t consider stiffness an injury. (smile)

And last, this is not a competition. We are not competing against each other. It is an “as iron sharpeneth iron” environment where we can encourage each other to improve. We’re not competing. The goal of this is to provide a forum for interaction, accountability to push on, and programming that makes it accessible for everyone in a family environment.

Scripture says that a threefold cord is not easily broken. I’m looking forward to being a part of that cord with you over the next 90 days.

Watch the blog as the next post will describe how it will work and give you the opportunity to measure your current ability. Look for it Thursday or Friday!


“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

A family team
Abby’s little stuffed animals were going to take a turn riding.

8 thoughts on “Fitness”

  1. I appreciate that this is being done for the glory of God: that by doing so, we are trying to be faithful stewards of our bodies! It’s great that you are encouraging people do it at HOME TOGETHER as FAMILIES, NOT as individuals for popularity!!!!!!!!!!!! I also appreciate that the mindset is NOT
    to compete and outdo each other, BUT to CHALLENGE, ENCOURAGE, and EXHORT each other for GOD’S GLORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for listening to the Lord’s leading of this whole process! Things are much better when we do them together as a family for God’s glory!!!!!!!!

    Also, it’s wonderful to see that Melanie is dressed modestly even when exercising! If only more women would do that!!!!!!!!!!!

    GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rebecca K.

  2. Wow! This is a very very concrete and beautiful example of family fitness. I like how happy they are on the pictures and how they are just wearing casual clothes. family time can be spent anytime, it doesn’t need to really be difficult.

  3. We are eagerly awaiting the next post and the beginning of the challenge!

    Children are 12 and under. We were just trying some push ups and have a LONG way to go. This is going to be fun! We are going to try to get Dad to join us as well. 🙂

    Thanks for the challenge!

  4. Abby is so adorable!

    We are looking forward to getting stronger physically and spiritually through your challenge. Our ages are 55, 46, 18, 12, 10, and 8, so there will be a wide range of ability. I’ve never seriously considered incorporating fitness with scripture. But I do remember about six years ago I was spending a lot of time staying fit. When I would injure myself or get ill and have to stop exercising, I remember the Lord reminding me that I was being prideful of my body. I would like our family to see physical fitness and good health (the physical body) as a gift from the Lord and a means to serve others. On another note, will you be talking about how food choices affect physical fitness?

  5. H.A. S 41 (Hands Off)
    Aimee S 13 (Beg)
    Julia S 16 (regular)
    Tyler S 34 (Hands Off)
    Carter 15 (Beg)
    Olivia 11 (Beg)

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