Please walk with me, while I describe my church to you. This is real. My gym IS my church. From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
I embrace sweat. At UFF we tagged, “Sweat is Sexy – because sweat makes sexy people.” True! But it’s far more significant than this. Sometimes my sweat is bloody – a quality deadlift or torn calluses to thank. When I am sweating, I have no worries of the outside world. I am moving from one exercise to the next, digging deep for strength and courage. I am building the best me possible. And I am completing the seemingly impossible to get there. I pray for strength, focus, safety — for protection, love, success. I reach a level of mind-body connection that is unattainable in any other setting (for me) — with no distractions and no worldly concerns. It’s me, my body, and God.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13
My sweat is representative of how I care for myself – as one part of His body. Each workout is a personal worship and praise for Him.
My strength is my salvation
1: a : deliverance from the power and effects of sin b : the agent or means that effects salvation c Christian Science : the realization of the supremacy of infinite Mind over all bringing with it the destruction of the illusion of sin, sickness, and death
2: liberation from ignorance or illusion
I am strong. Physically, I am stronger than the average woman. Mentally and emotionally, I am likely stronger than the average person as well. Exemplified in my resilience. I didn’t just walk up to the barbell one day and pick it up. Deadlifts – a barometer lift for strength – are my nemesis. I have acutely injured myself on numerous occasions, attempting a deadlift. But I let my body rest, and then I picked myself up and attempted it again. I still have anxiety with deadlifts – and that is when I need to dig for my inner strength and not rely on the physical to get me through.
Where is your church? Is it a cathedral? A cove? A small coffee shop? Yes, I attend a church, where I worship and love on the Lord. But MY church at my gym, that is where my heart is and I know God is right there with me!