I was driving to church this past Sunday morning and I could not help but roll my windows down, breathe in the crisp morning air, and take in the early signs of fall, fast approaching. I do love this time of year, for it is the time I am really able settle down after all the happenings of summer and get into a routine. A huge part of my daily routine is getting my form of exercise. I am a huge fan of the outdoors. My favorite physical activity of all is cruising on my bike down long, winding, country roads. However, on days I am not able to ride my bike, I will either go to the gym or go for a run.
Discipline in bodily exercise and living a healthy lifestyle is Biblical. Third John 1:2 states "Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be n health, even as thy soul prospereth." We have all heard references to our body being The Lord's temple and that we are take care of it, but even more important than physical health is spiritual health. Having a disciplined walk with God does not just entail a blessed life, it also leaves us with the hope of an eternity with Jesus. Paul spoke of physical health in retrospect to spiritual health when he wrote Timothy. First Timothy 4:8 says "For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise for both the present life and the life to come.' So, yes, live a healthy lifestyle; exercise, eat healthy, and do not be afraid to enjoy yourself every once in a while. But most of all, pray everyday, read you Bible and search for God's will in your life....prepare for the life that is to come.