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Exercise is life-giving

Sticking with the theme of “life to the fullest” aspects of life, I can’t help but mention physical fitness.  This seems to be a bit of a touchy subject among followers of Jesus.  We seldom connect obedience to God with taking care of our bodies, but maybe it’s worth a second look.

I’ll refrain from using the one verse that actually is talked about at times (your body is a temple), and instead take a look at the broader reality that we are physical and spiritual beings.  There is countless teaching in Scripture about the fruit of being spiritually fit.   So what is the fruit of physical fitness? It improves mood, combats disease, boosts energy, controls weight, and enhances sleep.  This smells like Jesus!  His desire for us is to experience everything that He has for us in this life and the next.   If we are to be a testimony to others and a representation of the “light”, we are going to have a lot better shot of that if we are in a good mood, feel healthy, have heightened energy, feel good about our physical appearance and are well rested.

I agree with Paul that in comparison to spiritual fitness, physical fitness takes a back seat. “Train yourself to be godly. 8 “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Tim 4:7-8)  A focus on both the physical and spiritual is important in order for us to enjoy all the Lord has for us.

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