So, Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Acts 9:17-19 New Revised Standard Version
In my last post I used the example of Paul’s miraculous conversion to illustrate the way many of us expect our conversion from unhealthy to healthy to happen. We hope for. Or try to manufacture, some “Damascus Road” experience that will instantly transform us from couch potatoes to road warriors overnight. Unfortunately, that miracle is not a common experience. Instead we end up going in circles as we make the effort to improve while falling to the temptations and stresses that make us unhealthy in the first place.
Sometimes, we need a little help from our friends, as Paul found out when he was sent to Ananias to complete his conversion experience. Certainly, the Lord could have effected Paul’s conversion without Ananias’s help, but he chose to bring someone else into the picture for help and support, even though Ananias was a most unlikely choice.
When it comes to improving our health and fitness, we may find that, if we look carefully, we are being led to someone or some group of someones who can remove the scales from our eyes to help us see what we really need. On the other hand, perhaps we are the Ananias to whom others are being sent. In either case, the road to health and fitness is often more enjoyable and ore productive when travelled with others.
With that in mind, I hope that this forum will be a place where we might begin to travel that road together. One thing I have been thinking about is an “Adult Recess” in which we could get together for a time of mostly informal activity and fellowship aimed at improving our well-being and relieving stress. It would not be about sets and reps or miles and minutes, it would be more like Frisbee, soccer, GaGa Ball, or even a game of tag. There could also be a time of stretching or mobility work, yoga, or simply some fun warm-up and/or cool-down exercises.
There are several things to consider, however, before beginning such an activity. Is there enough interest? When and where would it happen? Can we find a time or times suitable for those who want to participate? Are there other, better, ideas?
Paul had Ananias to help with his conversion from persecutor to apostle, we have our colleagues to help in our conversion from stressed out and unhealthy to healthy and fit. Let’s share ideas and support to build not only our own bodies, but the Body of Christ, together.
Peace be with you always,
Pr. Jim Person