Exercise is of Some Value
It’s of some Value…
My wife signed me up for a 5K Color Run this weekend. I am a little nervous about “running” 3 miles. I have been playing soccer this summer, but that is not the same as running 3 miles. I reminded my wife that I have a 0.0 sticker on the back of my car for a reason! I don’t value running for the sake of running.
Before you think that I don’t value exercise, let me be clear. I am willing to play every sport known to man. In fact, I enjoy learning new sports – still hoping to try cricket at some point. I am convinced that physical exercise is of some value…
I am pretty amazed at the amount of exercise that Americans and Australians do. It seems to be an endless pursuit of physical health. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but what does it profit a man to prolong his life through exercise only to get hit by a car while running? Please watch for runners – one of them is my wife!
Are we so consumed with the value of this life that we will do everything possible to prolong it? Why do we go to such great lengths to look younger, stay healthy, in order to put off the inevitable? I know that physical exercise is of some value…
We only get one life to live on this planet and then we will face judgment. I think many fear the judgment and don’t want to face it – so they are attempting to put off the inevitable. Others claim that they are just attempting to care for the temple of the Holy Spirit. (Let’s be clear about that passage of scripture, it is specifically referring to sexual immorality.)
And this brings me to my point: “Physical exercise is of some value, but godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come,” (1 Timothy 4:8). I must encourage each of you to invest time and energy into training yourself for godliness.
How can we train ourselves for godliness? Watch what you eat and drink. Stretch before, during and after exercise. Train yourself with exercise.
What kind of spiritual food and drink are you partaking of? Are you spending time in the scriptures? Are you drinking of the Spirit and allowing Him to fill you up? Are you meditating on the Truth? These are ways that we can be satisfied as we hunger and thirst for righteousness. Those who hunger and thirst for God, and the righteousness of His Kingdom, will be filled and satisfied.
Spiritual stretching is taking time to prepare, develop and reflect. If we want to get anything out of reading scripture or any spiritual exercise, then these three principles must be applied. For example, before you read the scripture prepare your heart to receive. As you are reading, allow the Word to develop, mold, or even change you. When you have undergone a change in your worldview or attitude, it will only take root in your life if you take time to reflect upon it.
Finally, all of this requires the discipline of training. Godliness doesn’t just happen. Atrophy just happens. I fear that as we get comfortable in our spiritual lives we stop doing and engaging in the things that train us, develop us, stretch us, or even prepare us.
I would be remiss, if I left out the most important part of training for godliness. The Holy Spirit is like a trainer who continually calls out to us to keep moving, keep pushing forward, and not give up. What is more, He is our Refreshment, our Strength, and our Oxygen. Many attempt to fulfill their need for godliness with discipline, focus, and behaviorism. I would like to suggest that this is merely an exercise in religious morality. But, dependence upon the Holy Spirit for our very lives – this is profitable in every way.
Go running, biking, walking, climbing, hiking, mowing, and sweating! It’s of some value…
I matter to others and others matter to me. I am always worshiping. I am on a mission.
Kurt Trempert is the Lead Chaplain for the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC and pastor/coach at Harvest Downtown in Colorado Springs. His blog, Kurt’s Virtual Office is reprinted here as TreVO (Trempert’s Virtual Office) and used with permission.