Keith Jones, Associate Minister, Centralia First Baptist Church
I’m the new kid on the block. My name is Keith Jones, and I am the new Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church Centralia. I moved here in January from the only home I have ever known in Tennessee; and my family and I have been nothing but blessed and welcomed by the Centralia community. We are grateful to our church family and everyone in town that we meet. This community welcomed us with open arms and we are so grateful to be here. I also appreciate this chance to share a few thoughts with you.
It’s a fitness crazed world. Everyone is getting into the act as the fitness fad sweeps across the nation. Even more so, as we navigated the Coronavirus, more and more people decided to get into a fitness routine as workout equipment and bicycles flew off the shelves of local sporting goods stores. Now, as far as fads go, this one at least has healthy benefits. People are making conscious decisions to take better care of themselves and lead healthier lifestyles. Everywhere you go, you see people running, biking, doing Crossfit, or at home with their P90x or Insanity. When I played baseball both in high school and college, the number one thing I hated doing more than anything was running. In fact, I swore once my career was over, I would never run again. Yet here it is, 2020, and I too have joined the fitness craze. I have completed several 5Ks over the past few years, I finally found a bike to ride (riding here is a lot better than the hills of Tennessee), I have a fit bit to help track my exercise, and I am counting my calories using My Fitness Pal. Now, did I jump on the bandwagon because everyone else did? No, I just realized a simple truth, a truth most all of us have realized- if we don’t take care of ourselves now, we may not live to spend later days with our family. So, in all morbid honesty, I could no longer stand the thought and fear of having a stroke or heart attack and leaving my family behind when I should have done something about it.
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.