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When the weather is cold, my wife and I go to a community center and walk on an indoor track. To reach the track, we cross a large room filled with weight machines, exercise bikes and elliptical trainers. Every time we go, the room holds several people puffing and sweating as they use the exercise machines. They are training hard to stay in shape.
Many of these people also follow strict diets. Although I’m not a stickler about my diet, I do watch what I eat and often read nutrition labels to choose healthier options. Changes in my diet over the years has improved the results of my annual blood tests.
Diet and physical exercise have several advantages. They help control weight, improve sleep and improve cardio-vascular health. If only people trained themselves to be godly with the same energy they expend on exercise or with the same discipline they have over food. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 says, “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 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.” (NIV 1984)
Notice, godliness is not just an advantage for seeking eternal life. Godliness promises benefits for life today. But you must train yourself to develop it. Remember, you can’t gain, if you don’t train.
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