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What I Learned About Spiritual Fitness From Physical Fitness

For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.
I Timothy 4:8

We all know we need a healthy diet and regular exercise. However, both of those take discipline. We have to make time and preparation for both.

I think that's exactly how spiritual training is for many of us. So here are four lessons that I've learned from physical fitness that we can apply to our spiritual growth.

1. Make it a habit. You don't have to like it. Just do it. Physical exercise is usually uncomfortable. You sweat. You're out of breath. However, I found the most amazing thing when I stuck with an exercise program: I began to like it. And in about a month, I began to lose inches and feel stronger and more energetic.

Spiritual application: After regularly spending time with God, you'll see a change in your attitude and your desires.

2.Change your routine. If you hate gym workouts, try a Zumba class or water aerobics. You don't have to stick with the same exact routine.

Spiritual application: Read a new book, add a commentary to your Bible study or listen to Christian music. Go for a nature walk. Or sit in your backyard instead of your living room. You might be surprised at the new insight that comes from a change in scenery.

3. Get accountability! It's very easy to skip exercising when you go it alone. So try it with a personal trainer, a friend or a group class. Any of those offers some pressure to stick to a schedule.

Spiritual application: Make time to fellowship with others and talk about your spiritual growth and/or Bible study. I find that I'm much more likely to finish a Bible study or spiritual growth book if I talk about it with others. If I go it alone, I'll likely fizzle out and never fully complete the study.

What do you need to change about your spiritual or physical fitness?


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