Power Walk: Body and Spirit!



Walking home through my neighborhood recently, a woman approached me and asked if she could “Power walk” with me.  After traveling seven blocks, we arrived at her home.  She was completely out of breath, but so excited, she asked “when can we start spring training?” I replied ”let’s start now!” A bit less enthusiastic she responded, “I’ll start as soon as I quit smoking.”

This made me think of how our spiritual walk and our walk of health and fitness have many similar aspects.  They both involve choices and are dependent on our free will. We all make choices on a regular basis: will I eat healthy today or will I exercise today? How about in our spiritual lives: will I take in what is good, or a diet of media garbage? Am I exercising my faith daily and walking in Love towards all people?  We have all experienced that feeling of regret after downing a tower of cookies or a pint of Ben and Jerry’s (Heath bar crunch is my personal favorite). In many ways it’s not unlike how I can feel when I’ve failed in my spiritual walk. Either way, that feeling of regret is nothing more than the rotten fruit of our poor choices. Thankfully, our amazing Heavenly Father’s quick to forgive when we repent of our damaging choices.

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 NLT

This scripture reminds us that we are not our own. If I was asked to take care of a treasured article belonging to a friend, hopefully I’d be especially careful how I treated that item. Remember, we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. In other words we are God’s home here on earth! If our heavenly Father is the home owner, then we are the caretakers.Fortunately, He’s written the manual on home maintenance. When He warns us to avoid certain things, it’s always to keep us from harm or heart break.As we take time learning God’s word, and waiting in His presence, we are strengthened to soar where we can see above the clutter and chaos of this high pressure world we live in.

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. 
Isaiah 40:31

Similarly we gain the physical strength and vitality we need to run this race when we challenge our physical bodies to regular exercise, take time to rest and refuel with healthy foods.

He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! Psalm 103:5

What will stop you from beginning your journey to a new you? After all, WHY NOT YOU? WHY NOT NOW?


Nancy Gerry serves alongside her husband Ken as a full time pastor of New Life Christian Center in Norfolk, VA.  As if being a pastor and wife weren’t enough, she is a loving and dedicated mother of 2 boys, Kenny and Christian.  After her oldest son  was married in 2013, Nancy received the daughter she’s always longed for….and grand-daughter soon after.  Mrs. Gerry is a treasure of rich stories and adventures with her God…don’t take our word for it, ask her!