Recently, there has been a virtual explosion promoting physical fitness. Women's magazines are filled with tips on staying fit. We are bombarded with television and radio commercials offering health club memberships, along with books and videos addressing fitness routines.
Due to our busy schedules, staying in shape is a real struggle for many of us, even though we realize the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. A regular exercise program can improve the function of the circulatory system and the lungs, delay degenerative changes, promote flexibility and overall muscle strength, and lower body weight. Staying physically fit takes time, effort, hard work, and persistence. We need to be determined not to let anything interfere with our daily physical exercise.
Staying spiritually fit requires the same amount of time, effort, hard work, and persistence. The benefits of being spiritually fit bring with them a great promise as Paul records in 1 Timothy 4:8, "For bodily exercise profiteth little; but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come." We know we can have a richer life here on earth by daily communicating with God in prayer, meditating on His loving care, and filling our lives with His words through Bible study. We will battle temptations, failures, and discouragement; but, once again, we must be determined not to let anything interfere with our daily spiritual exercise.
Our bodies are wonderfully made, and it is our responsibility as God's creation to stay physically and spiritually fit. "What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20. -Rt 1, Box 109-A, Rivesville, WV 26588.
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