People sometimes ask me why I love the Jubilee Conference so much. It liberates my imagination, I often tell them. What? It liberates my imagination. It helps me to gain a vision for what it might look like if the Kingdom really did come on Earth as it is in Heaven. And that’s what we need, isn’t it? A picture, an image, a story that reveals and reminds us of the way God intended the world to be. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut, to begin to think that things can’t really change, to wonder if the Gospel has anything to do with our daily routines. We need constant reminders that God is indeed at work in His world, and the conference inspires us to be Jubilee people. I love it.
Kirk Ream is one of those Jubilee people. He owns a fitness center in Carlisle, PA. But it’s not like most gyms you may have joined. You won’t find mirrors or muscle magazines. Kirk is motivated by a Jubilee vision for running a workout facility. In a culture obsessed with working out to be more sexually attractive, Kirk keeps his clients focused on a better goal: to be fit for the service of others. Talk about having your imagination liberated! Now that’s a Jubilee vision if I’ve ever heard one.
Intrigued? Kirk will be joining us at Jubilee this year! And he won’t just be talking about his business or giving you health tips. He will be inviting you to participate. That’s right. Bring your sneakers! You will have three opportunities to work out with Kirk at Jubilee: Saturday at 7:45am and 3:30pm and Sunday at 7:45am. There will be something for every skill-level and you will also have an opportunity to ask Kirk questions about developing healthier ways of living.
The Jubilee Conference is not just about exercising your mind, you know. It is about the whole-person, following Jesus in whole-life discipleship. Kirk will not only help us to liberate our imaginations about the fitness industry, but he will also give us the tools we need to care for our bodies the way God desires. We need this reminder too: the healthier we are the more fully we are able to serve our neighbors.
Be sure to stop by Kirk’s “Fit4Service” table at the exhibit hall and become a fan of Fit4Service on Facebook today!