• Jena

Writer’s Shoulder?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020

I’m sitting here typing and my shoulder hurts, of all things. It hurts the most when I scroll on the track pad. I have blogger’s shoulder, obviously a symptom of something.. washing dishes too hard? rolling out homemade bread dough? internet overload? It’s a new fangled version of writer’s cramp, I think.

I even tried scrolling with my left hand. Feels funny, you know? But is that stopping me? No. Then again, my shoulder pain probably wasn’t caused by typing, since I do that all of time.

It was most likely caused by my biggest looser style of getting my muffin top to disappear. I’m so moderate, you know. I never overdo it… I’m so even keeled. Laid back.. (snicker)

whatever. And another thing I hardly ever do is try to impress people. (yeah..)

So, I have this friend. O.K. I have a lot of friends. But this friend is a special gal to me. She’s a younger gal who laughs at my jokes. (Does she know my love language or what?)

Anyway, she has joined the Y–my Y. And she even attends the classes I teach. I’m sure she could get better classes, but she attends MY classes. See? She obviously loves me.

So, I don’t want to let her down. I set up a schedule for both of us to attend a pile of classes together. I know she wants to see results–fast. O.K. then, this is what we’ve done.

Monday night: Cardio class

Tuesday morning (cardio class AND pilates)

Wednesday morning (pilates)

Thursday (cardio and pilates)

We’ll take tomorrow off

Saturday (more cardio and strength training)

So, uh.. do you think we’re overdoing it? nevermind.

Anyway, I’m having a blast spending time with my friend and watching her grow in fitness. Getting in shape is one gift that we give ourselves but the people we love really benefit from it the most. A healthy mommy is a happy mommy. And a happy mommy is a happy family.

So many women feel selfish for taking care of their physical fitness needs, since it takes time, energy and sometimes money to accomplish the goal. I would say that it is : time, energy and money well invested. It is a gift I give my husband and my children and all the people in my sphere. I’m agreeing with God that the creation of the human body is a beautiful thing, worthy of respect and care. (not worship, but respect and care)

My friend and I were discussing how sometimes Christians will see a bad practice in the world and their reaction to that bad practice is to run as far in the other direction as possible, often times farther than the Scripture takes us.

I think that how Christians view their bodies and things like physical fitness has gone the route of extreme correction in some circles. Yes, the worldlings are self-absorbed body image obsessors. Yes, they live purely in the physical realm and for things of this earth. But does that mean that those of us who are living for eternity have no responsibilities with earthly things? including our bodies? I think you get my point. The hardest thing for us, as thinking Christians, to do is to rightly divide the Word and make sound judgements. It’s so much easier to generalize rather than think through each thing.

And yes, even those of us who make it our “ministry” to help others tune up their earthly vessel will often fail to understand or apply all that we know about fitness to our own bodies. And we will even injure ourselves in the process. That doesn’t make it wrong to exercise.

And some will exercise to the point of obsession and love their image in the mirror and get boob jobs and sidetracked and forget about their health. That also doesn’t make it wrong to exercise either. It does, however, prove that taking our eyes off of Christ and on to ourselves will take even a good thing, like exercise, and turn it into sin.


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