|Posted on August 13, 2020 at 3:35 PM|
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A couple of ladies came to me for personal training sessions together. Each was an opposite personality to the other. One was tall and slender, a bit athletic in her school years. Still, the other was short and stout without any athletic inclination whatsoever. This pairing was an interesting mix because the short one believed that whatever her tall friend wanted, she would do the same. It wasn’t long before they both realized this wouldn’t work. I still trained them, but gave each a personalized exercise plan, helping them meet in common exercises wherever possible. Each one also had different lifestyle needs. One was a stay-at-home mom, and the other worked outside the home with no children. They held a common ground they built from their school years, but the rest of their lives were totally different from each other. They loved their personalized plans, and both met their goals in their way and time.
Why One Plan Doesn’t Fit All
All too often, women grab a workout from the internet and a diet plan from somewhere else, then fizzle out within a month. It’s too much and not right for them. Not only is it not one-size-fits-all, but it also doesn’t always fit the lifestyle of every person. I believe what’s missing out there on the worldwide web is a healthy lifestyle plan that fits the individual and works with their Christian faith. I see too many Christian women jump into weight loss plans with a Zen base belief system. Christian faith and Zen Buddhism are not compatible, even though some try to make it work. I want to offer this concept instead: A Personal Stewardship Plan.
First, let me give you an idea of what Personal Stewardship means. Our bodies are not our own; they were bought by the blood of Jesus Christ, a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). We were created to do the good works God intends since He created us (Ephesians 2:10). When looking at these two passages, we can easily see that we are specially created by God to do good works He plans for us, and our bodies belong to Him. Therefore, we should take care of these temples in which the Holy Spirit resides. Personal stewardship means taking care of this one body God gave us to serve God and others more effectively because we belong to Him. What we do is out of gratitude and worship for the salvation we have through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Get Your Own Now
A Personal Stewardship Plan is based upon the passages mentioned above. It considers your age, station in life, Christian faith, nutritional needs, exercise/physical activity needs, and your basic wellness needs. Your plan should be tailored to you. Why fit yourself into someone else’s program? You are uniquely created by our Heavenly Creator to do what He has called you to do. Maybe you are married with kids, go to church regularly, and work a full-time job. How can you coordinate all areas together to be more effective as a spouse, parent, and employee while serving God through your local church? Take the time to consider these areas and devise a plan that works for you.
Need help doing this? Ask me at [email protected] to help you put together a Personal Stewardship Plan, working out reasonable, doable steps you can put into action right away.
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