A Different Kind of Exercise
I’m naturally drawn to exercise. Stretches and jumps. Weightlifting, squats, and running. Um . . . actually not the kind of stretching, jumping, weightlifting, squats, or running that might have occurred to you. I’m actually the sort of person whose treadmill mocks me with a layer of dust. Then again, maybe points for owning a treadmill?
Anyway, sad to say, over the years I have practiced variations of those exercises. Maybe you have too, when tempted to. . .
- stretch the truth
- jump to conclusions
- carry a weight of shame
- squat in a pity party
- run away from doing hard things
Not the kind of exercises I’m proud of.
But there’s another category of exercise Christians are called to practice, such as:
- training ourselves for godliness (1 Tim. 4:7-8)
- exercising self-control (1 Cor. 9:25)
- running the race of life with endurance (Heb. 12:1)
- persevering in faith (2 Tim. 4:7)
I have friends who work out daily. Their gym routine is built into their schedule, not out of obligation or legalism, but because they value the results. Am I as committed to disciplining myself in the spiritual realm because I value those results? Do I avoid words such as training, exercising, endurance, and perseverance or am I “all in” spiritually? And do I practice the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading, prayer, and meeting together with other Christians out of obligation, or because it’s part of who I am in Christ?
Hmmm . . . which brings me back to the dusty treadmill in my den. If I’m all in spiritually, and since I should reflect what I believe in how I live, guess it’s time for me to put that treadmill back to work, too!
Great application. Fits perfectly with my favorite guilt-absolving verse about not physically exercising more.
1 Timothy 4:8
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.
I’m printing this and hanging it on my currently unused work-out equipment! But also hanging a copy on the shelf where I keep my Bible. Such a great comparison, especially the issue of whether I am all in. I am definitely inclined to pick and choose. Thanks so much for your encouragement, hugs.