It’s a new year, a fresh start. January is usually filled with good intentions and optimism. Physical exercise is not just a way of keeping fit, but also a way of keeping our mental health in check. It’s a great stress reliever, and is rated as one of the most liberating ways to have fun.
For many, January is also a month of resolutions. The start of a new year usually turns out to be the month where we run the extra mile, attend a spin class or have a go at some yoga.
Maybe January should also be the month where we resolve to do some spiritual exercise? The apostle Paul wrote: “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.”
Physical exercise is very much for the here and now. It makes us feel good in the moment. If we’re dedicated, it can for a time improve our appearance and quality of life.
The health advice given to us by God is for our eternal benefit. If we attend our Bible gym we will get stronger. If we train ourselves in spiritual things we will become fitter and able to run the race towards God’s kingdom.
“Pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart, for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.”
The fitness program designed for us by God is not just beneficial for the here and now. Its benefits will last forever.