Monday, January 21, 2013
In my "sparking" I have read many an interesting article. One mentioned the importance of moving around - that even if a person does the recommended amount of cardio in a day, if he/she spent the rest of the day just sitting around, they still risked health problems. It was recommended one moved around every 15 minutes or so. I'd been setting my timer for 30 minutes, and noticed I wasn't as stiff as a result. But after reading that, I began to set the timer for 15-20 minutes.
Okay, so I'm good about following the recommendations for the health of this body. But as close as I get to my "ideal weight" and as fit as I may become, EVENTUALLY I'm going to die. The effects of following healthy advice can only go so far.
But God's word is rich in recommendations for a healthy soul and spirit. Here's just a small example from the book of Ephesians, chapter 5 -
"Follow Godís example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Godís holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy personósuch a person is an idolateróhas any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things Godís wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord."
Uy, that "greedy" part hits home, from my days of being inattentive to how I ate. Food can be an idol! As much as possible, I want to be a doer of God's word - because the result will last eternally. My soul and spirit will continue after this flesh is gone. James exhorts us in chapter 1- " Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in itónot forgetting what they have heard, but doing itóthey will be blessed in what they do."
Hey - I want to be blessed!