It was early Friday morning when I stood and watched an older man walking quickly down the sidewalk as he headed to exercise in the park across the street. I admire people who get up and walk first thing in the mornings. My Doug does that when we are home in Geneva. He also walks here in Montgomery in the park. I called attention to the man and turned as I said to Doug, “I’m going to get my spiritual exercise.” I came inside and read my nine chapters for the day as I continued reading through the NT each month this year.
Susan Pierce Thompson at BrightLineEating.com says, “Exercise is not about losing weight. Food is about losing weight.” I needed to hear that.
The Bible says, “For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. (1 Timothy 4:8).
As I look out across the park and see others walking for exercise throughout the day, I wonder how many have gotten their spiritual exercise for the day. It all boils down to priorities. We do what we feel is important to us. It may be we are prioritizing incorrectly if we are not getting our spiritual exercise (reading Bible) at some point during the day.
We might try exercising as the Lord declares in Jeremiah 9:24 – “but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.”
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33).