Day after day I see posts about clean eating, pictures of Meal prepping and people doing squats at 4 a.m. Wow! As If that is not impressive enough, they will hit the gym for round 2 after a long day. I have been thoroughly impressed in the vigor of their training and love watching their progress. If you have ever attempted to workout with a busy schedule, you would know how much dedication and determination it takes to get to that kind of discipline and it doesn't happen over night.
1 Timothy 4:8 "Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come."
Taking care of your health and body are super important (Something I am a little imbalenced in at this time, so I give major kudos to everyone who works so hard to be healthy and in shape) But the bible says that training for godliness is that much better, because you will have those benefits from now until eternity. The bible says that our flesh is wasting away. I am what you call " Skinny Fat" (I type this laughing) I appear skinny so I may look fit, but I couldn't run up a flight of stairs without almost passing out! We do not want to be "Skinny Fat" Christians running around looking like we got it all together on the outside, but be spiritually dead on the inside.
Waking up at 4:30 every morning to renew my mind in the word of God is sacred to me. I give you the time stamp of my own personal time because it is a reminder that it is not easy to wake up that early with that discipline. It was a gradual change and was not easy at first, but I enjoy every second I get with God in the morning as it prepares me for my day ahead. It prepares me for the people I will encounter or the obstacles that will take place that day. (Gods preparing my heart in advance)
" Time spent with God daily is never wasted."
I call it a discipline because it is. I sacrifice time that I could be catching up on beauty sleep or time that I could actually be styling my hair for work (for a change) Just like those who are preparing their bodies physically sacrifice Nachos, nights out and anything else that would get in the way of their goal. The person whom you see living a joy filled life for Christ is also sacrificing for the sake of the return that comes with it.
Remind us to live a life of balance seeking you first Lord, and all other things will be added to us. Help us to be healthy physically to do your work and healthy spiritually because we know that all that will last is what we do for you here on earth Lord. Put into perspective our priorties and refocus us to reallign them with yours. Father every Good and perfect gift is from you so we thank you that you have made our bodies to endure so much training and we think you that our minds were made for the same type of training. Teach us to renew our minds through your word so that we can be strengthened on the inside and outside so we will no longer be "Skinny Fat" in the spirit. Amen