The Body is Perverse: A Sermon Illustration

   I put on some weight in the offseason that is drawing to a close. Not much, three or four pounds but still more than I want to carry into the season, if I am even able to call this year.

   So, I have redoubled my efforts at eating decently and working out. Diet and exercise will not catch on but I have some good results from past years.

   Now, here is the perverse body thing working. I constantly have to change workout rhythms and body angles to thwart muscle memory. That is, the body wants to take me back to what is comfortable, where muscles are stronger, calories can be hoarded and exertion is, thus, less rigorous. This is why we can get a workout down, think we are in shape, only to tremble like Isaiah in the temple when we encounter an unfamiliar workout.

   In short, to have a good, continuing result, we have to do what is uncomfortable because it is unfamiliar. The body responds with sweat, strained breath and muscle development when we give it what it does not want.

   Again, this will never catch on.

2 thoughts on “The Body is Perverse: A Sermon Illustration”

  1. Rick,
    I remember in college our cross country workouts changed dramatically every two weeks. We would work to a certain load, then either increase that load or move to different workouts that were under the same level of difficulty. Nothing stayed the same. When in season we were either building or tapering.
    Interesting. I have not thought about this for almost 15 years now.
    How do you think this would practically apply to our spiritual lives? I am thinking that Ecclesiastes teaches various seasons for our lives. Most Christians seem to strive for consistency rather than variety when it comes to spiritual disciplines. Would we increase our ability to hear/apply God’s truths if we concentrated with intensity on certain things, moving on to other aspects of the faith, then coming back to previously explored disciplines? Is your commitment to witness to 100 in 100 days such a thing for you?
    Food for thought.

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