I came across this quote a while back in an Elisabeth Elliot book I was reading (I can’t remember which one, but I suspect it was Through Gates of Splendor). Her first husband, Jim, was pretty selective about the activities and clubs he joined when he was in college. He was planning on being a missionary and picked activities that he felt would directly prepare him for that life. So, it seemed kind of weird to many that he was in the wrestling club. His reasoning:
“I wrestle solely for the strength and co-ordination of muscle tone that the body receives while working out, with the ultimate end that of presenting a more useful body as a living sacrifice” – Jim Elliot
It’s a great thought and one that challenges me in my quest of healthier eating. Eating healthier is great and a LARGE part of the journey to being healthier, but how about my physical activity?
Plus, this quote is a good reminder of WHY physical health – is my reason that it’s ultimately because I want to present a more useful body to the Lord? I’m not convinced that’s my reason 100% of the time – or even 50% of the time, but it’s something to chew on (tee hee!)