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Before beginning any exercise regimen, always consult a physician. All suggestions on this blog are just that-- only suggestions. Each individual is responsible for deciding what is best for them.

Friday, December 31, 2010

An Interesting Juxtaposition

The other day as I read 2 Nephi 9:51 in the Book of Mormon, I had a epiphany. The last line of the verse reads:

".... feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness."

I've read that verse dozens of times, but this time it hit me differently. The question that popped into my mind was, "Have you noticed how the scriptures (i.e. the Word of Wisdom) teach us to be physically fit, and yet spiritually fat?" I had never considered that juxtaposition before. How many times to we read about the importance of our bodies? How many times to we read the word "feast" in relation to the word of  God?

These thoughts were particularly poignant for me as I began to contemplate my own situation. Doctrine and Covenants 88:15 states "....the spirit and the body are the soul of man." In other words, the health of the body and the health of the spirit directly affect the health of the soul. There is a symbiotic relationship between the spirit and the body and the soul cannot be healthy unless we are doing the best we can to take care of both our spirits and our body.

In my case, I'm struggling with both. Physically, I'm over weight and therefore deal with many of obesity's attendant challenges. Spiritually, though I feel good about myself in a lot of ways, I'm not anywhere near where I'd like to be in my relationship with God and with all those around me.

The next question then, is what am I doing about it. Well, for starters, I've created this blog. In it I intend to catalog my journey to becoming whole. I know what it takes to be physically fit. I've been there before and I can, with God's help, get there again. I also know what it takes to be spiritually fat and I know I can get there with God's help.

I invite you to come on my journey with me. Anyone and everyone who feels the need to be come physically fit and spiritually fat is invited not only to read the blog, but be a part of it. Make your own entries and share your experiences. The goal is to encourage, lift and support each other in our individual journeys to soul healthiness. If you are interested, feel free to email me at pfsfrmac at gmail dot com.

More to come ....