Spiritual Practice


Nick Caras, 19

My motivation to be fit and to strive to live a healthy lifestyle comes from my dad, who has been a role model for me. Since I was a young kid, he has taught me to eat healthy foods and to be as active as possible. Now, I enjoy working out and do it as often as I can. Of course, to work out and to stay fit, I need to eat well. Maybe you’re thinking, Gross! Eating healthy is not for me. But you may be surprised to learn that even fast food restaurants are adding tasty, healthy items to their menus. So the next time you are eating out, I challenge you to try a new and healthy option from the menu.

To keep me exercising, I look to my role model and to a few friends who have agreed to serve as an accountability group. We make sure everyone in the group is working out each week and eating healthy. The next time you are sitting around, remember that exercise—especially if you do it with friends—benefits your overall health, makes you feel better, and gives you more energy throughout the day.


Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

PRAY: Who have been role models or accountability partners for you, teaching you to eat right and encouraging you to exercise? Thank God for them.


—from devozine (May/June 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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