Fit Camp: Week 5

Life Changers COGIC
Pastors Gerald & Judy Mandrell

Winter Fit Camp 2014
Week 5: “Planning to Rest”
By Dr. Asha Fields Brewer

Genesis 2:2– And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done.
Exodus 34:21– “Six days you shall work, but on the seventh day you shall rest. In plowing time and in harvest you shall rest.
We are instructed all throughout Scripture that we should take time to rest.  Even God rested. He knew our mortal beings would require a time of rejuvenation and refreshing, so He made an example of Himself to serve as the standard.
However, are you planning to rest, or are you just giving up? Rest should already be a part of your schedule, not something you squeeze in whenever it is convenient.   God demonstrated the example consisting of six days of work and one day of sincere and intentional rest.  Your “six days of work” may be the equivalent of assigning Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to exercise.  Your days of rest may be Tuesday and Thursday. If you are supposed to be at the track on Friday, but you decided to keep driving by, you did not plan to rest, you just gave up.
This concept also extends over into the actual workout itself.  If your schedule dictates you are to do two miles today, and you know two miles is a practical expectation of yourself, but you choose to stop at one mile instead…this is not planning to rest, this is just giving up.
What is the barometer for planned rest versus “quitting” rest? You should never feel guilty for resting.  God created the Universe, stepped back, saw it was good, then He rested.  Rest served as a reward for a good and complete work, not an excuse to just give up.

Challenge this week: When you rest on your “off days” or during physical activity/ exercise, ask yourself, “Am I resting, or am I giving up?”

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