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Another Post on the Contemplation of Spirituality and the Physical

I always warn you if I’m going to talk about God and the bible, so you can tune out if you might be offended. So here is your 5 second delay to hit the back button.

Ok, the rest of you with me? All right then. “”You know the story of the talents?

Mt 25:14 ¶ “For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property;
15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more.
17 So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more.
18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’
21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’
22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’
23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’
24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow;
25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’
26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed, and gather where I have not winnowed?
27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents.
29 For to every one who has will more be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’

Well, you know that is a spiritual allegory, and that the literal reference is to money.  But those verses keep coming into my mind when I think about physical fitness. I just spent most of the day with people over the age of 65. Those that were athletes or at least kept a higher than average level of fitness, enjoy a greater abundance of health in old age. those that didn’t apply themselves to their health when they were younger, get less able to do the things for their health when they get older. If you don’t exercise when you are younger, you can’t when you get older. If you don’t like to move when you are younger, you can’t when you get older.

Fortunately, just like the parable, it doesn’t have to be “5 talents”. Even if it is 2, or if you put any effort in, you will reap results. One lady I’ve been working with has gone from being barely able to exercise for 5 minutes, to being able to do 15 minutes. Another gentleman went from barely able to do a plank at all, to doing over a minute.  I’m watching pounds and years roll off of people. However, like the parable, if you refuse to do anything. If you say “I can’t”, and despise the body God gave you, you will reap the results.

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I have to Celebrate the Fantastic

This is an amazing lady86 year old gymnast Now, I certainly know that genetics plays a role in her ability, and luck, since accident or illness could stop her. BUT- She could only be doing this by practicing throughout her life, keeping herself in shape and keeping her abilities sharp. Age does not need to be an excuse.

I’m not saying it is easy. I’m only 47, and there are a lot of days where I am achy and tired. You just get up and do it anyway. You keep doing it every day, to the best of your ability, and it becomes a habit that gives you endless benefit. If you can’t do the max, you do half, or something, or anything. Then you try and do it better tomorrow. Hmmm, sounds like the Christian ethic. Of course, it probably is no secret that I see physical disciplines as analogous to spiritual ones. While I have not mastered the discipline of fasting, I see eating for nutrition, rather than eating whatever pleases your palate, as a daily discipline.

Sorry, I think that was  a digression. In any case, when people work hard enough to do something far beyond the every day, I think they deserve applause. Watch her, be inspired, and go something good.

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