“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT)
Inconvenient truth? I’m aging. And so are you. We are all aging. But at some point, the effects of aging seem to accelerate and become increasingly evident. And yet, inside this inconvenient truth is a gift — the gift of clarity. The gift of clarity and power and purpose behind why I do what I do.
Exercise and fitness is not about vanity and looking good. Oh, perhaps has been at some point in my journey … but exercise and fitness is about faith and functionality. It’s about honoring God and remaining available.
As such, the discipline of exercise is like the discipline of a daily quiet time with God.
When we meet with God every morning, we connect with the source of Life — the source of all Power and Truth and Love. We get plugged into God. Nice as it is, the point is not just to have a precious oasis with God; the point is to connect with God so that we can bring Him into the rest of our day … into all aspects of our life. The point is to connect with Him so that we can be more engaged and effective in the rest of our day.
When we exercise our bodies, we are exercising to keep our bodies functional and effective. Two effects of aging are a loss of muscle mass and a loss of flexibility. As a result, we lose mobility and functionality. But if we exercise & stay fit, we can maintain strength and mobility; if we keep th discipline of exercise, we can maintain flexibility & good functionality. We carry the results of exercise out into the rest of our day and all areas of our lives, making us more engaged and effective.
The discipline of the Quiet Time and the discipline of exercise.
Both are meant to bless us, yes … but even more so, both are meant to help us be a blessing to God and to others. Both are organically connected with the whole of our lives: relationships, struggles, opportunities, uncertainties, etc.
We should use them both more faithfully.