Keeping Fit

Over the last 5 years it feels like I’ve been visiting the doctor more often than I have in the previous 20! As my father-in-law aged he went to the doctor more often. He received the encouraging news on one visit that he was “deteriorating right on schedule!” By the way, the doctor says that there’s “nothing wrong with me,” although I’m pretty sure there are others that would beg to differ.

On one visit I was told that I was overweight! I thought he was joking! He wasn’t. I’m not alone apparently. In the Canadian Health Measures Survey, done between 2009 and 2011, statistics reveal that 2 out of every 3 adults are overweight. Only 2 percent were underweight!

Armed with these statistics I suggested that our men’s group head over to Macklin once in a while to work out. So this past Tuesday we headed to Macklin to P Jaxx Fitness. Paul and Jackie have a well equipped facility on main street and it was busy. Paul put us through our paces and made sure we didn’t hurt ourselves in the process.

Our bodies are important and we should take care of what God’s given us. After all, the Apostle Paul said, “your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit...” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). You don’t have to visit a gym or buy expensive equipment. Stay active. Improved blood circulation by remaining active will even help you think better.

When I was in bible school I made sure to take the opportunities during free time to get some exercise by skating, playing floor hockey, or playing volleyball. Others studied (which isn’t bad). I just found it made such a big difference in my ability to retain what I was studying.

If it’s important to keep our bodies fit, which are temporal, then wouldn’t it also be important to keep ourselves fit spiritually, which is eternal?

The Apostle Paul gave his young disciple Timothy some advice about exercise. He said, “Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit. Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do” (1 Tim. 4:7-8).

There are a variety of ways to keep yourself spiritually fit like reading your Bible and/or praying regularly. Maybe you haven’t been to church in a while. That would be a good place to exercise those spiritual muscles that look a little weak from a lack of use.

There is one more idea that’s been bouncing around inside my head for a few years. There are some who schedule a visit to see their doctor on a regular basis. They don’t wait for a crisis or for when they’re feeling sick. They regularly see their family doctor for a “physical.” If the doctor sees anything that they’re concerned about then it’s shared with his/her patient. The visit is preventative in nature.

Here’s the point. Provost and area has more than a half dozen pastors/spiritual leaders. Any one of them would be happy to schedule you in for a spiritual physical. Don’t wait until you’re in the middle of a crisis. Why not take that preventative step today?