Pastors and Physical Fitness [Infographic]

Pastors and Physical Fitness [Infographic]

We have a soft spot for pastors. It’s hard to overstate the importance of the work.

We also understand some of the pressures on pastors and their families. According to one insurance company, pastors and their colleagues experience far higher rates of illness in certain categories: 54 percent higher in hypertension, 69 percent higher in high cholesterol, and 100 percent higher in cancer.

We need healthy pastors. We want to help.

In this infographic, we help unpack why pastors should make their health a priority. Download the infographic, or print it out, to keep it as a handy reminder to prioritize your health or the health of your pastor.

Here are five reasons why pastors should care about physical fitness:

Pastors and Physical Fitness

In January 2017, we’re launching a cohort of G4L Nutrition Coaching. It’s a nutrition program has used by over 45,000 people, and perfected over ten years. It’s the most sustainable, easy-to-begin, science-backed, results-driven program out there.

We’re going to be making a special limited offer to pastors. To find out more, sign up for our pre-sale list. Getting on the list gives you the chance to sign up 24 hours before everyone else. You’ll also save big on the cost of the programs.

Don’t miss out. We can’t wait to help you build new habits, and become the person you were made to be.

The Power of a Good Question

The Power of a Good Question

When Jesus met a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, everyone wanted the beggar to shut up.

Bartimaeus kept calling out: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” The more people tried to silence him, the more he spoke out.

Jesus noticed. Jesus stopped.

Jesus called for him and asked a simple question: “What do you want me to do for you?” (Mark 10:51).

Questions give dignity.

It seems strange that Jesus asked Bartimaeus a question. You would think that Jesus would know that he wanted to see.

Why did Jesus ask this question? One scholar suggests:

For Jesus, Bartimaeus is not a problem to be dealt with. Jesus will not do something to him, but something with him. He responds to the blind man not as an “It” but as a “Thou,” to use the language of Buber, by asking him a question, thus allowing him to express himself as a person rather than apologizing for himself as a social problem or victim. (James R. Edwards, The Gospel According to Mark)

Jesus’ question honored Bartimaeus with the dignity he possessed as someone made in God’s image, and someone who mattered.

Questions help us probe.

It’s not the only time that Jesus asked this question. He asked his disciples the same question just before his encounter with Bartimaeus.

Questions help to surface what’s going on beneath the surface. When Jesus asked Bartimaeus a question, it surfaced his faith. When Jesus asked the disciples a question, it surfaced their selfishness.

A good question can help us reflect on what we really want. It can reveal the true condition of our hearts.

We believe in asking questions.

The book Power Questions says:

Good questions challenge your thinking. They reframe and redefine the problem. They throw cold water on our most dearly held assumptions, and force us out of our traditional thinking. They motivate us to learn and discover more. They remind us of what is most important in our lives.

Our coaching programs ask lots of questions. We believe that questions still give dignity, and help us probe what’s really going on beneath the surface.

The pre-sale lists for our coaching programs are now open. Getting on the lists gives you the chance to sign up 24 hours before everyone else.

Join us, and discover the power of good questions to help us grow.

How Will You Build Habits?

How Will You Build Habits?

Habits are tricky. Some people seem to have no problem building new habits. Other people really struggle. They know what they want to do, but they have a hard time following through.

The reason? In Better Than Before, Gretchen Rubin says that forming habits is the process of setting expectations for ourselves. She describes four tendencies in how we respond to expectations.

The Four Tendencies

Rubin argues that everyone falls into one of four distinct groups:

  • Upholders respond well to both outer expectations and inner expectations.
  • Questioners question all expectations, and will meet an expectation only if they believe it’s justified.
  • Obligers respond readily to outer expectations but struggle to meet inner expectations (my friend on the track team).
  • Rebels resist all expectations, outer and inner alike.

You can summarize these groups in a chart:

Four Habit Tendencies

As you look at these descriptions, you may recognize yourself. If you’re interested, Gretchen Rubin has developed a quiz to help you understand your own tendency.

Know What You Need

When it comes to building habits, each group needs a different approach:

  • Upholders need clear expectations, and tend to succeed at adopting new habits.
  • Questioners need to understand why a habit is important.
  • Obligers need external accountability, and to be careful about whose expectations they want to meet.
  • Rebels resist habits, and need to see habits as a form of freedom rather than restriction.

“The happiest and most successful people are those who have figured out ways to exploit their Tendency to their benefit,” writes Rubin, “and, just as important, found ways to counterbalance its limitations.”

We Help You Build Your Owner’s Manual

We’re all different. Gospel for Life Coaching helps you understand your own tendency, and helps you figure out what you need to build new habits.

We’d like to help you take the next step. We want you to be whole and healthy, to live with greater focus, and to break free from the cycle of guilt and shame

Our pre-sale lists are now open. Getting on the list gives you the chance to sign up 24 hours before everyone else. Even better, you save big on the cost of the programs.

Don’t miss out. We can’t wait to help you build new habits, and become the person you were made to be.