S.H.A.P.E.

I know, I know…here we go with another acronym!  This thought came to me about 6:15 Friday morning, as I was playing some basketball at the local YMCA.  I always say, my best ideas come when I’m either sound asleep, or not focused on thinking at all!  So (and this is a valuable lesson) always be prepared to write something down, or like I do, keep an ongoing Evernote file or WorkFlowy document handy, otherwise, you will forget.  And I have had that happen to me way to many times.

So, when I’m at the gym, I am thinking that everyone that is there is there for one of two reasons: 1) to get in shape, or 2) to stay in shape.

When it comes to the spiritual man, our relationship with God, even maintaining healthy relationships with others, we all need to consider getting in, or staying in S.H.A.P.E.

  1. Spiritual.  I know in 2016, the word spiritual has a little different meaning than it did 20 years ago.  No offense, but tree huggers are spiritual.  Doing yoga is spiritual.  Call me old school, but when I think of spiritual, I think of what the Bible says about the value of being spiritual.  Romans 8:8 (KJV) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  The New Living Translation says it like this: So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.  This is what I want to emphasize, allowing God’s spirit to control you, your mind, your thoughts, your emotions, even your actions will bring you life and peace.  Ultimately, it can lead to you getting in and staying in S.H.A.P.E.

The challenge is simple.  Get in S.H.A.P.E. and stay in S.H.A.P.E.

Does it take all 5 of the concepts mentioned above?  Maybe, maybe not.  But the one thing I do know, is it is highly unlikely that you will accidentally get in better shape, so follow this blueprint, and enjoy the journey my friends.

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