This is the second week of our Moving In Faith journey. Holy Communion has 50 team members so far and we welcome anyone else that wants to join in. Holy Communion, Grace-St. Luke’s, Saint Johns Episcopal, Second Baptist, Christ UMC, St. George’s Episcopal and Germantown UMC are competing with one another for the most points earned through any type of exercise.
Reason for the challenge?
To motivate us all to get moving and stay as healthy as possible, to connect with others through the team concept and to include a spiritual element by offering weekly prayers and scripture readings.
What’s the benefit of being in community and being part of a team?
I’ve always enjoyed being part of a team. I like the comradarie of a team. I like working with others and I tend to work harder when I know someone is counting on me. For health challenges, being part of a team gives me extra motivation and keeps me accountable.
Favorite form of exercise?
Running is my favorite. An early morning run gives me more energy and makes me feel good mentally and physically for the rest of the day. It gives me quiet time to reflect, to think about what I’m thankful for, to pray and to listen. When I’ve been feeling anxious, sad or angry about something, it helps me process those feelings into more positive ones. It’s a time I can plan my day, problem solve or think about new ideas. During some runs, I don’t think about anything. I just enjoy the movement and take in the sights and sounds of being outdoors, especially when I’m on the greenline or greenway. Then I’m thankful for the beauty of nature and the ability to be out in it. I also enjoy working my lungs, especially when I finish. It’s not always easy getting motivated to go run, but once I get going, I’m so glad I did.
This week our theme is hope. My hope is that we all take time to move each day, to take care of ourselves and to care for others. My hope is that we all have God’s peace in our heart.