Why I Am Doing What I Am Doing
Why be a Rob’s Big Loser? The way I look at it, it’s now or never. At the age of 49, I don’t have the luxuries of time or youth to build strength in my body. Over the last few years, I have been watching my weight go up, my clothes no longer fit, and my strength and endurance decline. There is nothing about that situation that I enjoy. It makes me especially sad that my engagement ring and wedding band no longer fit on my now chubby fingers. I never knew fingers could gain weight, too!
At church, I teach third grade girls for one year, then follow them to fourth grade and teach them again. This two year cycle of continuity helps me to help them form a sense of Christian community and enables me to get to know them much better, also adding to the sense of community. One thing we do with the elementary kids is take them to Look Up Lodge for a weekend retreat in the summer. Look Up Lodge is in one of those foothills locations where everything is located at the top of a steep hill. It’s a weekend workout! Last summer, I could feel the struggle in my body as I was traipsing the hills with my girls. I don’t want to quit serving and leading them! I have to be able to not just survive Look Up Lodge, but to thrive there. The girls want me to zipline, canoe, and swim with them. They want me to be able to talk to them as we are walking up the steep hills to the chapel or the cabin. If I want to continue to be a part of this ministry, then I have to take better care of my body.
Then, two weeks ago, I signed up to help with the baby nursery on Sunday night. It has been such a long time since I held a little bitty one! I was so excited to be able to serve the parents, but also couldn’t wait to snuggle a tiny bundle. I was surprised and disappointed to find that in my short time consoling a fussy infant, my back began to scream and my arms began to moan. I’m only 49! I haven’t had grandkids yet. Surely my body isn’t ready to quit on me yet. This was a huge wake-up call.
If I plan on serving God and serving others, then I need to prepare and maintain my body for the task. I haven’t been called to have a cerebral ministry from my couch. I have been called to go and do. These muscles have to be a priority if I am going to continue to serve in areas of activity. First, I have to survive these first painful weeks of initiating a lifestyle of working out. Then, I have to keep up the momentum and make adjustments in other areas of my life to accommodate a lifestyle of physical maintenance. And that is why I am doing what I am doing.