Working On Our Fitness
"For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."
~1 Timothy 4:8~
In today's world, women are expected to be lean, toned, thin, and fit. Between celebrities and models flaunting their bodies all over our televisions and magazines, the pressure can weigh a ton when we step on that scale or look in our mirror. I am an avid supporter in leading a healthy lifestyle but I have learned that much more than just daily trips to the gym account for our overall health. My spiritual health needs to come first so that I am able to focus on the other key components that make up my overall lifestyle. Going to the gym and planning nutritious meals are certainly important, and absolutely necessary, but if we're out of shape with our relationship with God, what kind of fit, healthy lifestyle are we really leading?
I actually came across today's verse while reading a Karen Kingsbury book and it really got me thinking... I put a lot of emphasis on physical training. If I go to the gym and put in a solid workout, I automatically measure the success of my day. I went to the gym so that equals a happy, satisfied "me". If I miss a workout or eat some ice cream, I assume that my day has been a bust and guilt overwhelms and consumes me. As I'm writing this, I realize how silly that sounds but I am sure there are several women who have shared the same thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Most importantly though, I can recognize the mistake that I have been putting too much emphasis on "physical training".
I love today's verse because it acknowledges that physical training does in fact hold some value in our lives but it ultimately reminds us of what holds all value. Leading a godly life should remain our number one priority in this life. We are to strive to put all our hope and faith in God and His teachings. We are to follow His commandments and shine our light for Him each and every day. Every time we open our Bibles to read Scripture, He is training us. Every time we are faced with a difficult situation, He is training us. When we receive incredible blessings, He is training us. While this sort of lifestyle and outlook can be trying and difficult at times, it leads to a much stronger, much fitter, much more toned spiritual health. His training prepares us for this life... and the next.
Other Key Verses:
"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones."
"Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well."
~3 John 1:2~
Biblical Wife Challenge:
I definitely urge you to keep making those trips to the gym but before heading out that door, try to make some time for God and replenish your spiritual health before working on your physical health. Before hitting the road for that long run, maybe spend some time in His Word, read your favorite devotion, or just simply pray. Let's spend this week getting our priorities back on track!
Get your hubby or beau in on the action! If you don't already work out with that handsome man of yours, try to include him in one workout this week. It's always nice to have an encouraging workout buddy and it's good bonding time!