10/19/19: 1 Timothy 4:1-16; Psalm 89:1-13; Proverbs 25:23-24
Since Liz and I returned from DC I have joined a gym and started a bit of an exercise regime. What is the most difficult part for me? It is not the physical part of exercising but actually motivating myself to leave the house and go to the gym. And I can rationalize some good reasons to stay home (water the flowers, watch the news, read the paper, take a nap …) Once I overcome these “temptations” and arrive at the gym I will actually exercise.
1 Timothy 4: 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 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.
I thought of this effort as I read today’s passages from 1 Timothy. Exercise is good for the body & getting started is challenging. On a spiritual level Paul writes – we are to “train ourselves to be Godly.” Like starting to physically exercise we are often challenged with just picking the Bible, the inspired Word of God, from a bookshelf and starting to read. But once you start the benefit is exponential as you learn more and more about God’s will and His plan for your life.
So — Let’s not hesitate, let’s not rationalize, let’s get started!