Make Believe

February 20, 2012

“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing.” –1 Corinthians 9:26

Read: 1 Corinthians 9

As I was leaving Gio’s Boxing Gym in Burbank (Calif.), amid the familiar cadence of speed bags and jump ropes, something a cornerman yelled to his boxer caught my attention. “Stop trying to look like a fighter and be a fighter!” he said. I literally stopped in my tracks. What a powerful statement. Just how powerful, I’d realize just moments later.

Walking toward my truck, I came upon a film crew about to shoot a documentary — a boxing documentary, no doubt. Lights, cameras and make-up. I stood for what seemed like years and watched a make-up artist applying shades of purple, black and blue to an actor’s face and under his eyes. Boxing gloves? Check. Legitimate shorts? Those too. But he wasn’t dressed for – nor returning from – a real battle. “Stop trying to look like a fighter and be a fighter,” ironically echoed in my head.

I wonder about my faith. And maybe you wonder about yours. Am I a make-believer in life? Or do I help make believers with my life? Like the verse above, I don’t want to shadowbox. I want purpose. Give me somethin’ to hit.

–Jimmy Peña

Question: In what area of your life, spiritually or physically, do you need to stand to fight? How can the Prayfit community pray for you? List your battles below or simply list them as “unspoken request(s)”.


A CNN report recently called attention to the latest casualty in the childhood obesity epidemic: school furniture manufacturers. Because of the expanding waistlines of children — a full 15 to 17% of all kids are over 95th percentile for obesity — manufacturers are forced to develop desks that can accommodate them. Child car seat manufacturers are also having to adjust with new designs to keep heavier kids safe.

“Childhood obesity affects their safety in matters beyond child seats and ill-fitting school furniture,” the report says. “Obese kids are more likely to get heart disease, high cholesterol and high blood pressure and are more prone to diabetes, bone and joint problems. Their health problems are also more likely to follow into adulthood.”

>> For the full report from CNN, click here.

ACTION PLAN: Let’s be part of the solution. Today, take stock of how much activity your children are getting each day, taking physical education at school and organized sports into account as well. Discuss the importance of regular activity with your child and make today the first day of a scheduled family “workout,” where you spend 15-20 minutes exercising, walking or playing together.


  1. Ashley North

    ‘Unspoken request’.

    Thanks, guys!

  2. Bonnelle

    That I would develop the habit of exercising every day and making healthy food choices which LAST. I’m tired of starting & stopping over and over and over again. I long for lasting change…. I want to stop trying to look healthy & actually BE healthy.

  3. Leslie

    I agree with Bonnelle…I pray every day that God will give me the strength to overcome this addiction to food. It is the first thing I think about in the morning and last thing at night. The self loathing can be crippling at times. I pray for lasting change so I can be the person God created me to be….

  4. Sharon Vander Meer

    Persevere to meet personal goals and for a new program (Getting Fit Together) that we are starting in our church to be a successful outreach to others seeking support and motivation.

  5. Jim Dewart

    I need prayers to finish the tasks I have started and then move into the exercise mode
    that will keep me in heart-healthy shape.

  6. jessica

    I am with Bonnelle I start an exercise program strong then dwindle, pray for perseverance in the fight for spiritual and physical well-being

  7. Vic

    Jimmy that is awsome! and for me so true! I ask for prayers for God’s truth about my life and where I need to go. Prayers would be appreciated for his love and mercy for someone who has been looking like and not being.. Thanks again for the message . Blessings to all He has made in His image.

  8. Sandie Powell

    I identify with Bonelle. Perhaps that is the indictment of many…we have lofty goals, great beginnings and we simply “grow weary in well-doing”. Those who “stick with it” stand apart to be among the minority of achievers.

    I need to set priorities, gain perspective, recognize purpose, and go for it. Now, I’ve said it…Lord, help me to do it! Like you said, Vic, we are made in His Image.

  9. Robin

    I will be beginning interferon treatments for Hepatitis C (my consequences for past bad behavior). Thank the Lord for His grace and mercy. Pray for little to no side effects and the Hep C will be eradicated!

  10. Paula

    Please pray that God would give me the strength to overcome my food addiction. My addiction has taken a toll on me not only physically (high BP, high cholesterol) but it’s really affecting my everyday life. I truly believe I’m reaping what I’ve sowed all these years and I need “divine” intervention to overcome this and do what I need to do – exercise and eat right. Thank you for yoru daily messages.

  11. Adrienne

    Pray for me to have the desire to exercise and the desire to eat the right foods and not crave those things that are not good for my body. I want to be healthy enough again to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle that I enjoy.

  12. Erin

    Pray for me to overcome bullemia and be less critical of myself and others.

  13. Tammy

    Thank you Bonelle. You took the words right out of my mouth.
    Pray that I will put into action what I know in my
    head. I know how to eat healthy and want to exercise
    but I’m not consistent. I’m the queen of I’ll start on Monday” and then
    by Wednesday I’ve started the cycle again.
    I want to stop this cycle of disobedience. I
    want to be healthy for God, for myself and to
    help others. Thank you Prayfit!!

  14. Miin

    I just found your book and it led me to this website. I’m encouraged to know that we all in some way face the challenge of balance. As I read the article for today, I felt that I wasn’t even in the “acting like a boxer” mode, but outside of the gym as an observer. I pray that the tools offered through Prayfit will give me the focus I need to move forward and enter the battle for God’s best in my life.

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  16. Dafne

    I agree with Bonelle and Adrienne. It is so hard to persevere, so many bumps along the way (I need new healthy ways to eat, new fun exercises, etc). My husband made me pray each morning Philliplians 2:13 (“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose”) to claim God’s deliverance, and every morning I draw my strength from Him. LORD, work in me your will to exercise every day and eat healthy. I am a fighter only beacuse HE is my strength. 30 lbs down, 38 lbs to go.

  17. maria garza

    “unspoken request ”

  18. Rox

    Unspoken requests — done in the name of Jesus.

  19. Paul

    Pray for me that I may find the right guidance that I need to over come my health concerns. For the last couple of years or so, I’ve been suffering from advanced periodontal disease, and now that I’ve lost some of my teeth, it makes me speak with a lisp. That’s something that a person like me, who’s worked in the customer service environment for the last eight years can’t afford to happen. And at my age of 54, I’m sure that makes it even harder to gain employment. I was laid off my job as a customer service representative back in 2010 due to the company closing down it’s location and haven’t had any luck with getting hired on anywhere. And I think that once the interviewer sees that I’m missing one of my front two teeth, (let alone my other teeth that are missing), and hears the way I’m speaking English with a lisp, may be the reason why I’m not getting anywhere with employment. It was bad enough that I was forced to stop going to my gym during the week because of a lack of income and now this. And my unemployment insurance benefits has all been exhausted.

  20. Sharon

    We need to start showing and teaching our children how to eat and make better food choices. Activity and exercises are also important but so is eating the right food, mind set, how we relate to them and what they are exposed to. Children need to be nurtured, not fed artificial foods. A healthy mind leads to a healthy body – need to get back to basics and start cooking again and eating as a family. Leave the fast food and junk foods for treats only and maybe we will see a decrease in obesity amongst our children.

    Sorry to preach – health and lifestyle are my passion – :)

  21. Terry Garrett

    My wife and I have been married for seven years. I run or lift or do cardio or some type of exercise five days a week. My wife is a woman of god and a very caring person. Our sex life is in trouble because she will not try to exercise to loose weight. I told my wife scripture that says her body is not her body and my body is not my body. I also told my wife that she needs to keep herself attractive and sexy. She always says, god loves her just the way she is and I tell her she is right but he also wants her to take care of her temple. I really am desperate and tired and am in need of prayer and advice.
    Thank You

  22. Vanessa

    Unspoken request.

    Thank you.

  23. Bre

    Unspoken requests

  24. Kandi

    I pray that God to give me the need and want to continue on my excercise regiment. In addition I pray that I recieve wisdom to learn how to eat healthier and to teach my children and grandchildren good eating habits.

  25. debbie

    God is being and we are becoming. There is always hope as we are sanctified daily, on this journey to become more and more like Jesus, realizing what is truly important. Keep your focus on Him and hold fast to Him. Praise Him for giving us the Holy Spirit to strengthen us, for we surely need it.

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