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Lent Day 20

“I don’t have time to exercise.” This is a lie on a few levels.  Saying we don’t have time for anything is a false statement.  We all have the time, the question is about priority.  Actually, the bigger question is about conviction.  Do we really believe that God designed these bodies of ours to get regular exercise.  At first glance, it seems that Paul dismisses physical fitness, but as give his instruction to Timothy a second look we get a different perspective.  “For while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”  (1 Tim 4:8)  Paul says it is of some value.  Obviously, when compared to godliness it takes back seat, but it is in fact of “some value”.

I remember where I was 7 years ago when I was convicted to make physical fitness part of my regular life.  I had just had lunch with a friend and was sitting in my car thinking about going to the gym later on that day.  Something clicked in me and I told myself, “This is a choice Shawn.  Give it a try for the next month and look at the results.”  After a month of regular physical fitness I was amazed at the impact.  I had more energy, felt much healthier and better about myself.  My anxiety was much lower, I had a much better perspective on the day, and was able to release stresses that would overwhelm me before regular exercise.  After that little experiment I said, “I’m in.”  So for the past 7 years I have made physical fitness part of my regular routine of life.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of physical fitness is that it helps dispel those lies we so easily believe about ourselves: “I’m too big.”  “I’m not strong enough.”  I can’t do that.”  I’m too old to try that.”  I’m too out of shape to do ____” Each of these lies put us into a daily thought pattern of feeling bad about ourselves.  There’s nothing like a good brisk walk,a jog, hitting play on that workout DVD or a trip to the gym to combat these lies.  We have a choice today to take care of ourselves and in turn be a better person to all who are around us.

Lie: We don’t have time for exercise

Truth: Our bodies were created for physical fitness.

“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” (3 John 1:2)

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