|Posted on August 21, 2020 at 10:30 AM|
2020 is a year of challenges. The events thus far have shaken many people to the core. Why, God? Why me? Why this? Why that? Why? Almost like children who pester their parents for answers to absolutely everything and anything, social media is full of “Why?” This question brought to my mind a more focused version regarding Be Totally Fit for Life’s work and you. I may not have the answer to all of the why’s, but I do have the answer to why we do what we do here in this ministry venue. The answer is straightforward yet somewhat complicated at the same time.
When I started Totally Fit 4 Life, the former name for Be Totally Fit for Life!, back in 2013, I intended to raise extra money through online personal training. It was due to a cut in hours at the gym where I worked. Cheap gym memberships bit the private full-service club badly as large national chain gyms touted $10 per month memberships with no contracts. This membership format is the norm now, but it wasn’t then. My 40 hour work weeks dropped to 20 hours, causing this personal trainer, a newly widowed fitness pro trying to make it on her own, to look for other ways to pay bills. A personal trainer friend showed me how she got started, and I followed suit. She had a full schedule while I had zilch. What I did have were readers for my blog, a blog that shared a Christian viewpoint of health, fitness, and wellness.
Why? The Answer Makes All the Difference
I sit here today considering why I still do Be Totally Fit for Life! Certainly, how this particular ministry/business exists and functions today is this simple: Jesus is our Why. God took care of my financial needs in other ways. What He did was sharpen my focus, not the way some of you might wish, but how God wills. What I offer you today is more than a cardboard cutout, that is, a flat physical appearance-only weight loss mill. God has led me to give you a broader view of health, fitness, and wellness through a biblical lens because you are more than just your body. You are a unique creation lovingly fashioned by our Heavenly Creator for a grand purpose. He has given you emotions, relationships, a deep longing to connect to Him, and a perishable body which is the temple of the Holy Spirit, for those of you who know Jesus as Savior and Lord. When we understand the answer is Jesus, it absolutely changes how we view health, fitness, and wellness.
Focus = Purpose
My illness is not an accident, nor a hindrance to the work of Be Totally Fit for Life! Much to my surprise, God has sharpened my focus. Where I used to relate to a greater variety of people, I will be giving more time and attention to Christian mid-lifers and those with chronic pain and fatigue conditions. I have to work with the symptoms of multiple autoimmune diseases, fibromyalgia, and several allergies. I cannot pour out content for this blog consistently. Still, I can help people more effectively who are in this focused target group. Believe it or not, there are a lot of Christians in the health and fitness industry preaching and teaching similar messages. There are a lot of voices for a broad group of people. I believe God wants me to focus more on this particular group of people because they will be able to relate to me, a common connection people often make with a personal trainer. Even though more people can still benefit from what I offer here, I have to adjust my focus on Jesus as our Why for Be Totally Fit for Life! in a more targeted manner.
Now, more than ever before, you and others like you need something from Be Totally Fit for Life! that helps you weather storms like the Pandemic, riots, and all that go with it. I’ve spent a lot of time in prayer about the direction to take Be Totally Fit for Life!, and one day, God dropped the entire series of https://www.betotallyfitforlife.com/healthy-lifestyles" target="_blank">Healthy Lifestyles in my lap. I couldn’t keep up with Him! This Jesus-focus on health, fitness, and wellness is the foundation of our Healthy Lifestyles series groups. I already had the names for the next two levels after Healthy Lifestyles (first 12 weeks). Then He gave me the details for Living the Disciplined Life and Navigating the Rapids of Change. People working through these groups and individual coaching sessions will receive the majority of my time and attention. Watch for more in January 2021. The original Healthy Lifestyles will start in October but will undergo upgrades for 2021.
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I will still blog, but not as often, and minister through these teaching opportunities. I will also be working on my other website www.charlainemartin.com with other topics God has for me to address from a God’s Adventure viewpoint. You are welcome to follow me there, as well. Both sites will dovetail together over this next year.
Thank you for coming back time and time again. Your faithfulness to Be Totally Fit for Life! is a blessing. May God bless you.