I’m speaking of Jack LaLanne, the American fitness guru who died Sunday afternoon at his home in Morro Bay, California, at the age of 96. A self-confessed sugar and junk-food addict as a child, he went on to study bodybuilding and nutrition.
From the 1950s through the 1980s, LaLanne performed multiple feats of strength and endurance. His first such stunt was an underwater swim the length of the Golden Gate Bridge, loaded with 140 pounds of equipment, in 1954. He went on to stage many attention-getting events usually on his birthday in order to encourage people that age was just a state of mind.
His various stunts included completing over a thousand push ups in a little over 20 minutes, towing 65 boats filled with thousands of pounds of wood pulp in Japan and swimming the waters near Alcatraz towing boats of people while being handcuffed!
Jack LaLanne was a living testimony to the benefits of exercise and nutrition. But in the end he still died. I don’t mean any disrespect but point out the obvious because while we all should strive to be as healthy as possible, there is a bigger reality than the physical.
1-5For instance, we know that when these bodies of ours are taken down like tents and folded away, they will be replaced by resurrection bodies in heaven—God-made, not handmade—and we’ll never have to relocate our “tents” again. Sometimes we can hardly wait to move—and so we cry out in frustration. Compared to what’s coming, living conditions around here seem like a stopover in an unfurnished shack, and we’re tired of it! We’ve been given a glimpse of the real thing, our true home, our resurrection bodies! The Spirit of God whets our appetite by giving us a taste of what’s ahead. He puts a little of heaven in our hearts so that we’ll never settle for less. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:1-5 The Message
By all means give attention to being physically healthy, but remember that nurturing your spirit is more important because it’s eternal. And be sure to…
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