Any town of any size in the USA has some type of a gym or health club for the benefit of its citizens. Many Americans strive to develop or maintain a regimen that leads to and promotes good health.
According to information from Yahoo:
- 58 million Americans have a gym membership, but 67% of them never use their memberships.
- Health clubs have annual revenues of about $21.8 billion.
- The average cost per person for a membership is $58.
- 5% of gym-goers use a personal trainers at an average price per session of $65.
- Americans spend around $30 billion a year on athletic apparel.
While we should try to stay reasonably fit, we should place at least equal or more emphasis on praying to stay fit. How would your life be different if you started a match program?
- For every minute you spend trying to stay physically fit, you will match it with a minute of spiritual exercise (praying, reading your Bible, or speaking to someone about Jesus).
- For every penny you spend paying to stay physically fit, you will give an equal amount to the Lord.
When you consider eternity, which one is of the greater benefit to you? Is it paying to stay fit or praying to stay fit?
I doubt there are many of us that number ourselves among the elite 1% of the world’s wealthiest people. You may, however, find yourself among those who will be changed by the 21%.
What is the significance of 21%? If you add it to your situation, it can make a big difference:
- If you are concerned with your IQ, you probably already know that 50% of IQ scores fall between 90 and 110. If you add 21% to a score of 100 you become a person with very superior intelligence. If you subtract 21% from 100, you will find yourself among the ranks of those who are classified as having a “borderline deficiency in intelligence.”
- The average life expectancy is 71. If you add 21%, you would live to be 86. If you subtracted 21%, you would only live to be 56.
- If you are 71 inches tall you might be able to play basketball by adding 21% to your height. At 86 inches tall, you would be taller than LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers If you subtract 21% from 71, you would be about 4 ½ foot tall, but still taller than Eddie Gaedel. At 3 foot 7 inches, Gaedel was the shortest player to ever play in an MLB game; and, he did it in 1951 when he played for the St. Louis Browns.
- If you weigh 171 pounds, 21% would be the difference between tipping the scales at 207 pounds and weighing only 135 pounds.
If you are a person who likes to travel on an airplane, 21% means you may have to buy new luggage. The International Air Transport Association has set some new guidelines for carry-on bags. The IATA is recommending that bags should be 21.5 inches tall by 13.5 inches wide and 7.5 inches deep which is 21% smaller than current standards.
What would happen if you made a 21% change in your life? How would your life be different if you followed these old guidelines?
Let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run with endurance the long race set before us, and stay focused on Jesus, who designed and perfected our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).