Are You Training?

January 19, 2012

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be Godly. For physical training is of some value, but Godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

~1 Timothy 4:7-8

The other day I came across these verses as I was reading my Bible and they have been on my heart since.  As a personal trainer, I spend so much of my day focusing on physical training and I think that’s why it impacted me so much.  What hit me is how MUCH time we spend on physical training and how LITTLE time we spend on spiritual training.  Yet, according to these verses, what is far more important is Godliness (spiritual training)!! 

As I began thinking about it more, it became evident to me how similar physical training and spiritual training are…they both require discipline, endurance and our time.

Physical Training = Bodily exercise/training

Spiritual Training = Godliness
*Physical Training:
-Spend time building muscles, endurance or power
-Discipline to exercise
-Eat correctly
-Get rest
*Spiritual Training:
-Learn about God (Reading His Word)
-Learn to obey and follow His will
-Learn to be like Jesus
-Spend time in prayer and being in His presence
It is easier for me to neglect the spiritual training because it is not as tangible as physical training.  By exercising, lifting weights and eating healthy, we can watch our bodies change and benefit from our training.  As important as this is to me and many of you, it only affects the life we have on this earth.  However, the spiritual training is far more important because it impacts not just our world today, but the eternal (life to come).  My challenge for you and for me is to spend more time with the Lord, reading His word and praying so that we are more Godly, obedient and reflect Him each day. 
I asked a friend about his perspective on theses verses and wanted to share what he said because it was very powerful…  “Yes, physical training is of some value, our bodies need taking care of so that we can live and be healthy – that’s being a good steward of the life we’ve been given. But, the scripture says holiness has value for ALL things. Everything. Everyone. Everything that we do all of our days.  
Good health without holiness is no life at all!”

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