3. Evaluate How You Exercise.
Our bodies need exercise! For it is in exercise we increase our heart rate, promote muscle activity and aid neurological integration, so our bodies work as they were designed. I have been fairly athletic throughout the course of my life. Whether it was basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, golf, etc., it didn’t matter; I played it. But for the last 10 years or so I allowed life to get in the way of physical exercise and my health ultimately. It’s easy to do, isn’t it? This last Fall I was demonstrating some soccer moves to my kids and in the process strained my calf muscle, an injury I have never had before. My muscles were weak and could not perform as they once could.
Paul persuades Timothy in 1 Tim. 4:8-9 to keep his focus on being Spiritually Fit for it is good for this life and the next. I know that it is easy to allow the cares and stresses of this life to fill up and push our time until we are so busy that we just don’t have time to workout – physically and spiritually. Isn’t it time to workout our faith, to follow hard after Jesus, and to persevere for the sake of the Gospel? Neglect will only allow us to grow into fat, stagnate, lethargic, complaining Christians with adult bodies but only baby muscles – powerless to do the work God has called us to do – ailing with aches and pains from sitting in our pews for way too long. I choose to exercise spiritually, to run the race that God has set before me - Hebrews 12:1-2! How about you?
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