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Wisdom and Wellness Wrap-Up: Leading by Example

By June 7, 2024No Comments

Our path to health thrives on the synergy of faith and action, and as we reflect on 1 Timothy 4:12, we are reminded to “set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” Leading by example is crucial in our faith and fitness journey. 

Wisdom: The Power of Example

1 Timothy 4:12 calls us to lead by example in every aspect of our lives. This scripture underscores the importance of living out our faith through our actions. In the context of wellness, it challenges us to be models of healthy living, demonstrating the impact of faith-driven health choices, at least to the best of our abilities. 

Moreover, Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven,” shows that our actions can inspire others. By living out our commitment to health, we not only honor God but also encourage those around us to pursue their similar goals. Our example becomes a beacon of hope and motivation.

Albert Schweitzer once said, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.” This profound insight emphasizes the unparalleled power of leading by example. Our actions speak louder than words, and by living a life that reflects our health and faith values, we can inspire real change in those around us. We all have people who look to us as an example of what to be or how to be. 

The call to “set an example” speaks to the integrity of our lifestyle. It’s not just about making healthy choices but doing so with love, faith, and purity. In our wellness journey, this means prioritizing not only physical health but also nurturing our spiritual and emotional well-being. 


Wellness: The Influence of Leading by Example

Leading by example has tangible benefits for our community and personal health. Here’s how embodying healthy habits can influence others and reinforce our own wellness:

Increased Motivation: Research published in the Journal of Health Psychology suggests that individuals are more likely to adopt healthy behaviors when they observe them in those they respect and admire (Lewis MA, et al., 2011). By setting an example, we can motivate others to follow suit, creating a ripple effect of positive change.

Stronger Social Support: A study in the American Journal of Public Health highlights the importance of social support in maintaining healthy behaviors (Berkman LF, et al., 2000). When we lead by example, we build a supportive community that encourages and sustains each other’s wellness journeys.

Enhanced Accountability: Leading by example fosters a sense of accountability. A report in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that individuals who publicly commit to health goals are more likely to achieve them (Kwasnicka D, et al., 2016). By embodying our health commitments, we hold ourselves accountable and inspire others to do the same.

Embracing Leadership in Your Wellness Strategy

Be Consistent: Consistency is key. Maintain your healthy habits even when it’s challenging. Your steady commitment will inspire others to keep going.

Share Your Journey: Openly share your wellness journey, including successes and struggles. Authenticity in your experiences can provide valuable insights and encouragement to others.

Encourage and Support: Actively encourage and support those around you in their health pursuits. Celebrate their progress and offer help when needed.

As we seek to glorify God in all parts of our lives let the example of health you show be one you do not take for granted. This generation is predicted to be the first to not outlive the previous. We have a lot of work to do for our own health and the health of our children. Let the example start with us. 

Start today!

Adam Braud

Author Adam Braud

I'm Adam Braud, a Certified Fitness Professional. I’m a Louisiana native that hails from Baton Rouge! My fitness journey began at age 14 when I joined a friend and his dad for a workout at the gym, and I’ve never looked back. Along with my passion for fitness, I have a deep and genuine love for people. I’ve been able to express a lot of that through nearly thirty years of ministry experience. I integrate my love for fitness and people by providing a unique coaching experience through my app, public speaking, and 1:1 training. I couple science-based fitness with care for the whole person. My hope is to help people to take care of themselves in a way that allows them to be around and do the work they feel called to for a long time to come.

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