There is a very real connection between mental and physical activity. As the saying goes, “You cannot plow a field by turning it over in your mind.”
Upon arriving at her sixth decade of life, Hulda Crooks decided to become serious about physical activity. She was overweight and out of shape, so much so that the only exercise she could manage was to walk around her yard. But day by day she began to increase the distance. Before long she could make it around her block—then her neighborhood.
At the age of 66, she climbed Mt. Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental United States (14,494 feet). By 90, she had climbed it annually 22 times and was still going strong. She was the oldest person to reach the summit. To top it off, she later climbed Mt. Fuji in Japan. A fitness evaluation showed that she had the cardiovascular fitness level of a person at least 30 years younger!
“Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.” – Hebrews 12:12-13
The life God has given us includes our spiritual, mental, and physical life. These three parts are inseparable and fully dependent on one another in order to feel whole. Physical activity helps the body function optimally, reduces stress, and enables us to better hear the voice of God. It helps the brain to think clearly and better comprehend spiritual truths. Believe it or not, physical fitness can enhance our spiritual walk. It’s never too late to get started with physical activity. You just have to take it one step at a time. You can do it!
Lord, help me to improve my whole health so that I can better hear your voice and understand your will in my life.