Being an active for years, I've learned to love the energy and vitality a healthy lifestyle brings. I've also learned that the greatest benefits come from stretching the limits. When the muscles get stretched by making them do a little more than they are used to doing, they rebuild, but stronger. They grow through resistance.
Healthy is not one big lumped together term, it is a combination of small decisions to do what is best for the body. It involves the food we eat, exercise we do and how we build endurance and strength.
A recent morning after a work out class followed by a run, I was walking into a store before heading home. While walking, my leg muscles started making themselves known, and reminded me that they had worked hard! In one of those crazy fitness guru moments, I thought....this feels so good!!
There is a Bible verse in I Timothy 4:8..."For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come."
What I do for my physical body is great, but for my Christian walk, it also needs some stretching. Reading God's Word, praying and being quick to do good deeds are great starts. It is also about choices, when we choose to say an uplifting word over ones that tear down, when we put the needs of another above our self, when we offer prayer or a Bible verse, we stretch our spiritual muscles. In the midst of trials can come our greatest spiritual growth. When our spiritual muscles are stretched so far, we feel that soreness in our hearts. When we grieve, face dire circumstances or crisis, we must depend on God. We decide to pray about it, speak God's praises, remember His promises and His faithfulness, this stretches those muscles and rebuilds them, greater and stronger.
It is encouraging that something we can see great results from, physical exercise, can represent an even greater benefit by exercising godliness which brings great profit now and forever.