Cliché Fitness Necklace Scriptures - Why I Now Wear OneFeb 19, 2022
Maybe you’ve seen them around before, or maybe this is all brand new to you, but there’s a whole lot of people who take scripture and use it in cliché (and I would argue misinterpreted) ways in the fitness industry.
For years I’ve kept my eyes on one specific company that puts these scriptures on necklaces and other items alongside mini weight plates, dumbbells, kettlebells, clothing, etc. I often struggled with this push-pull when I would see them. Pushed towards having reminders of my faith tied to my physical health activities, and pulled as I felt that it was misrepresenting what I really felt was true about the Word.
The specific passage quoted on most of these is Philippians 4:13: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
Here’s my take…most people view this verse as a reminder to them of God’s power that can work through them to improve and grow and become better. There is some validity to that, no doubt.
I think the more central view, however, is to focus on what I already have in Christ. 2 Corinthians 9:10 says “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.”.
This is a reminder to me that this opportunity I have to wake up alive and breathing, in and of itself is already a gift from God. I like to think about what I already have, it’s not about what I’m lacking that God can fulfill. He not only provides bread for food (the result of our working with his raw materials) or put another way, he provides the strength to grow, develop, compete, etc, but he has already provided seed to the sower…meaning he is faithful already in his provision of life…if he didn’t do another thing or if he didn’t help us become our best athletic self, we need to remember that he’s already and still faithful. Not just as he gives us strength for new feats and improvements in life.
Now, I think there are a lot of nuances here. It’s easy to get sucked into internal debates with ourselves. So, where I landed is that I bought a necklace, and I wear it. The necklace is a dual reminder to me that I serve a God who’s already done more than enough for me through his salvation work on the cross, but also is a good father who gives good gifts and can help me pursue health, personal development, spiritual growth, and more when my heart is aligned with him and he sees that it’s fit for the current state of my heart and soul.
Just remember God isn’t a genie who gives us all that we want or pursue. He’s interested most in our eternal position with him and how we help the world experience his Kingdom, not our own.