1 Timothy 4:8 (NKJV Strong’s) “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.”
This is the only place in Scripture where it says anything about physical training.
Physical training is a very tough lifestyle. The mindset must be consistent. The benefits are immense. Consistent commitment is where the benefits are enjoyed, especially when we all get up in age.
But in looking in this verse of Scripture, we see that there’s a profit attached to bodily exercise.
The word “profit” is STRONG’S NUMBER: g5624 Dictionary Definition g5624. ὠφέλιμος ōphelimos;… helpful or serviceable, i.e. advantageous: — profit(-able).
There’s an advantage to bodily exercise. It’s helpful.
I take this very seriously and so should every minister of the gospel.
Then there’s this Scripture.
Proverbs 23:20-21 (NKJV Strong’s)
“Do not mix with winebibbers,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.”
Like after service when a bunch of preachers or believers go out to eat. It’s like a glutton party about to happen. We eat everything in sight.
I got tired one day. I was picking out a suit to wear and I chose a smaller size, until I looked in the mirror and saw that I had gain considerable weight. But that didn’t deter me. In 2013, I observed blood in my stool. Alarmed, I went to the doctor. He referred me to a doctor that specialized in the colonoscopy procedure.
Colon cancer started racing through my mind.
After the colonoscopy, I was diagnosed with hemorrhoids. Boy, did I thank God, but I knew that I had to make lifestyle changes to reduce the risks of hemorrhoids returning.
The doctor prescribed medicine and recommended natural means to treat the hemorrhoids.
This meant changing my diet to more fiber. But while I was prepping for the colonoscopy, they had to take my weight.
I weighed 275.
My age at that time was 51. My high school weight was 195. My Navy discharge weight was 241. I had thought that my discharge weight was 225. But in looking at my medical discharge report, my weight was 241.
For the last 7 years, my weight stabilized to between 225 to 230.
It’s been a journey to find a routine that works and so far, it’s been working.
“Faith without works is dead.” Fine if you confess the Word but if you don’t hit the gym, your faith is dead, worthless, and without life. Show your faith by your works.
I had to reduce take out fast foods, restaurant foods (they pack the most calories), and minimize high caloric snacks that I love so much.
There’s nothing egregious about having a cheat day or a time when you just want to “spurge.” Just know that if you’re in a regular exercise routine that you will pay for it. That’s the incentive that I place in my mind when I get the urge to “spurge.”
As you age, everything slows down. With regular exercise, you can reduce the aging process that’s unavoidable for all. Then there’s the health benefits for later in life.
It’s another incentive for me because I want to keep as much as my independent mobility functions for as long as possible. Regular exercise also assists in mental or cognitive functions.
Many people get discouraged after a few times of making time to exercise. The goal is to keep at it and not allow your mind to talk you out of exercising. The Lord created us for His purpose, but when our health is challenged, it makes it very difficult to get the maximum use of your physical body.
Don’t sit there and shame yourself. Just make a small step commitment.
Zechariah 4:10a says, (NLT) “Do not despise these small beginnings…”
Then adjust your eating habits.
This is the most challenging thing for believers. To exercise and the reduce caloric intake. The exercise to caloric intake must be balanced. Just know that the more calories you take in and the less you exercise, your weight will increase. If you take in calories and burn those calories, you maintain your weight. It will not go up or down. If you exercise more and take in less calories, you’ll lose weight.
With the coronavirus hitting the United States, the outdoor exercise routine and going to the gym was significantly reduced or shut down until the virus passed. But one thing I did do and that was to invest in an affordable spin bike, and olympic weights.
There’s plenty of ways to invest in equipment, depending upon your current living conditions. But if you can’t afford any equipment, there’s always the military means of getting the job done.
Sit or curl ups, push ups, staircase hallway running or walking or run/walk. There’s plenty of YouTube exercise routines.
But preachers should be a little more disciplined. I really don’t care if you’re male or female. You can take better of yourself before you’re forced to make doctor recommended adjustments.
So get started.
There’s an 86 year old female that gets up at 0200 hours every day and does a 10 mile run/walk. Runs an exercise class at a gym for clients. At 86.
I have no excuses.