Living Out a Healthy Lifestyle - Part 3

Opening Prayer:

Lord, please keep my mind open to new ideas and thank you for your new mercies I find today.

 

Read: 1 Timothy 4:8

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.

 

Reflect:

A new year has begun, and the gyms are packed. There is the well-known resolution of “I want to get fit this year.” So, people crowd the exercise machines and stick around for a couple days, maybe a week. Some even make it to the end of January. But the best New Year’s resolutions is one for godliness. Having a spirit of godliness is a resolution that is attentive to the Lord’s voice. It means spending time with God and serving Him whole-heartedly. Like the writer in 1 Timothy is saying, this has eternal value. While we are here on earth, being physically fit is a way to honor God with our bodies. That may not need to look like two hours on the treadmill every day, but it can look like a walk in Creation or stretch before the day. Let us reap the benefit of physical training and honor God in that way. But may we also remember to keep godliness the center.

 

Apply:

Today, find one way to move your body and open up your spirit to God’s work.

 

Closing Prayer:

Father, thank you for my body. Thank you that you created my so fearfully and wonderfully. I pray that I would be wise with how I treat my body and would always keep godliness the center.

Terry Schneider