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Shine On

Most of those reading this email are now or have been committed to a fitness plan and a healthy lifestyle. We may not always follow our workout plan as closely as we would like, or avoid the second helping of pie, but we are striving for health and fitness. For some, it's started with a visit to the doctor and a report that we needed to make some changes or suffer serious consequences. Our reasons for running, walking, going to the gym, etc. are varied but if we are consistent, the end result is the same - better health, a slimmer waistline and perhaps even more confidence. Even when we are successful in taking on an exercise regiment or healthy eating plan, sometimes we're reluctant to share with others. What if we fall off the wagon and gain the weight back or complete a 10K slower than we think we should? What will people think about us? Or maybe you've tried to convince someone who clearly needed a lifestyle change that they should take up running or go to the gym with you or maybe you tried to share a recipe for a healthy low fat dinner and it wasn't received well. Convincing someone who has gotten used to a sedentary lifestyle that they should invest in a gym membership so they can go hang out with a bunch of other sweaty people is a tough sell. But shouldn't we share with those we care about and encourage them to join us? The truth is, we have the best chance of encouraging friends or family members to embrace exercise or a healthy diet if they see us be successful. Jesus gave similar advice in Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Whether we are sharing about the way God has changed our lives or how much better we feel since we began working out regularly, we shouldn't keep it to ourselves, but rather share with others. And, like the verse says, "let your good works shine out for all to see", it must be authentic. People will notice the positive changes and it will encourage them to join us. I encourage you to come join us as we seek positive physical changes. This week we will meet on Wednesday at noon at Clearwater Trail. On Saturday and Sunday we will meet at Clearwater trail. Saturday we'll meet at 8 am and on Sunday we will meet at 4 pm. Come join us as we shine our light for one another and for each other. Have a great week! Pastor John