Maintaining Physical Health
“You made my body, Lord, now give me the sense to heed Your laws.” (Psalm 119:73 LB)
Ramblings from Connor’s dad – The kids love to point out to me the days I appear to miss my quiet time. Apparently I don’t have the patience and tone of voice (love) they’d prefer me to have when dealing with them. When I look at reasons for missing my quiet time, several things come to mind.
Rest- There are some mornings when I went to bed too late the night before. I wake up tired and sleepy (and some might wrongly say grumpy) from not getting enough rest. That impacts me mentally, physically, emotionally, and yes, even spiritually. I have less patience, seemingly less love, and frankly, probably, less Jesus.
Balanced Diet – There is so much I don’t know about nutrition. I do know that if kept fairly balanced, we should do better. Our bodies need protein, carbs, and even some fat, in our regular diet. Is my spiritual diet any different? I have some buddies who love to listen to sports, all the time. I love to listen to Fox News on the radio or watch it on tv, and sometime find myself listening to it for hours without interruption. If Connor hops in the car, he will ask if he can change it. The reason is he tells me it’s depressing. Hmm, is there something to that? Maybe I need to balance my intake with a little less bad news, and a little more “good” news? If I do, when I climb out of the car, maybe I will look a little less like Ted, and a little more like Jesus.
Regular exercise – We are in the middle of softball season. Three times the other night in our game I scored from 2nd base. Each time I was a little winded from the sprint. This is with trying to be diligent and exercise 2-3 times a week. How much harder would it have been if I didn’t exercise other then in the games? How much easier might it be if I exercised 5-6 times a week? Is spiritual exercise any different? How effective will I be as a Christian if the only time I focus on Jesus is Sunday morning? How much healthier will I be spiritually if I work on it 2-3 times a week? I wonder what we would look like if we focused on it 4-5 times a week? Think our friends and family would see our Saviour more often?…
Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding so that I can learn Your commands. (Psalms 119:73)