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Physical Training

08 Jun

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.

Physical training and exercise is good.  We need to be in shape if we want to do our best work for God.  I firmly believe that God wants us to take proper care of our physical bodies.

That, however, is only part of the story.  We also are to be in shape spiritually.  Our inner being requires just as much care and attention as the outer.  Unfortunately, most Christians ignore this fact to their own detriment.  Of the two of these goals, I believe that keeping our spiritual life in shape is the tougher assignment.

One of the reasons I enjoy hiking so much is that wilderness training can meet both needs – physical and spiritual.  On the one hand, I have lost thirty pounds since I started hiking and I can now run up a flight of stairs without breathing heavy.  On the other side of the coin, through my time spent with the Lord in the woods I have developed a new depth of insight into the Word of God.  In the wilderness, prayer and meditation can be accomplished for hours at a time with little or no interruptions.  At the same time you are increasing your physical endurance.

However you choose to work out your spiritual training, this is a good day to deepen your walk with the Lord.  Seek Him as you walk before God this day.

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Posted by on June 8, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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