Healthy father, healthy home
By Kandis Joubert
My husband made a comparison the other day about leading his family with regards to health and fitness. He referenced Matthew 7:24-27:
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Although I’m pretty sure Jesus wasn’t perched on the Mount here preaching about post-COVID fitness trends in 2021, there’s a connection to be noted:
My husband said, “When you’re starting a family, you seek to build a safe and sturdy home that can weather storms and keep your family safe and sound. Likewise, would you not want to build strong and healthy habits of influence to weather life’s storms?”
Fathers, your body is a temple—a “house” of sorts. It is the construct He expects you to lead with as you physically play with your kids, as you skillfully earn a living, as you mentally tackle the day. It applies as you provide emotional comfort and spiritual guidance for your family, as you foster a Godly social culture of fellowship with other fathers, and as you create a stable, nurturing environment within your home.
We cannot perpetually avoid illness and injury. Those storms will come. But the facets of fitness you sharpen and shape (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental) and the foundation you build your house on beforehand will determine how you navigate and survive those storms.
Kandis Joubert is NASM Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, wife and mother to one very spunky little girl.