The Picture of Perfect

fitnessMy son and I talked about how the image of being fit and manly has changed over our lifetimes. When I was a small child the image of male fitness was a cowboy hat and a cigarette. A bit older and it was a hairy chest. As a teenager it was bulging biceps, then it was a thin runner’s body, then came popping pectorals, and today it’s being so skinny your 8 abdominal muscles show.

Remember when diet changed from eating only grapefruit, to oatmeal, to the Jell-o diet, to high protein, to raw foods, to no-fat, to only green vegetables, then white foods, and the always popular chocolate diet?

Every generation, it seems, has a different idea of what being healthy looks like and how you achieve that advertisers’ picture of perfect.

The Holy Spirit says that Bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come (First Timothy 4:8).

One thing is timeless when it comes to fitness and health: being of Christ-like virtue.


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