“Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.” 1 Timothy 4:9
While traveling, I missed certain things about home—one being the fitness machines and track at the recreation centers. Today, I entered back into my routine of working out three or four times a week with my friend. We walk the track for a half hour to loosen up and then hit the weight machines. It did not take long to realize I had become out of shape and a bit flabby after a three-month break from working out.
Falling, caused by the lack of physical activity, is one of the leading causes of death among seniors. I have fallen three times in three years, which is average for seniors. My falls have been caused by carelessness, not paying attention to where I’m walking, missing a step, stumbling over an item misplaced, or hitting a wet spot on the floor.
Exercising our faith in God and keeping our bodies strong is a challenge, best accomplished by staying focused on daily routines. This can be as simple as reading a few verses from the Bible, praying, or listening to spiritual music. If you don’t have time to go to a gym to exercise, go for a walk and talk to God at the same time.
Thank you, Lord, for helping us become spiritually and physically stronger. Amen.