1 Timothy 4:8-11 (NIV) — “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. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive) that we have put our hope in the Living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe. Command and teach these things.”

I’ve recently completed my fourth year of writing and sharing articles in the Kodiak Daily Mirror’s religious section.

It’s a little strange to me to participate in this privilege, and indeed I do consider it a privilege. But still strange!

When I preach, I have a general idea of how many will be attending, even as a visiting guest at another church. Same when I teach or am asked to make a presentation, there’s a general idea of who and how many will make up the audience.

Not so much with this article. I have no idea how many or who may read one of the articles I have written. If they’ve read one, all of them, or just kind of a hit-and-miss reading.

Hopefully, each one carries a message of encouragement, knowledge or at least a bit of humor.

There’s no way of telling who the reader(s) may be, their level of faith or disbelief.

Almost all of my articles have opened with a passage of Biblical Scripture, and I share something personal.

Like today’s passage from 1 Timothy. This passage has been forward on my mind for many months. I fell down some stairs awhile back, which laid me up for about six weeks. Then shortly after I got back on my feet and was regaining my strength, I did it again, only steeper and more stairs.

The good thing is, before I fell the first time, I was attending our local gym four to five times a week, and I was beginning to see gains on my physical goals.

What I didn’t see was that all the work that I put in before those falls really made the difference in my recovery.

I am certain that had I not been actively investing in my health prior to those two accidents, I would currently be in a very poor situation. I’m having some complications now, but I am so thankful that I was in fair condition at the time.

So it is with my spiritual health. I’m 100% certain that if my spiritual life had been in a less active, or other than healthy, condition at the time my body was in its weakened state, things would have gotten a lot worse than they did. I found I was more dependent on my spiritual condition, for example; when your lack of self-esteem is jolted by the inability to perform the simplest of task or when you find yourself, the helper, is needing help, it’s a doubtful time. Your self-worth and emotions run the gamut of uncertainty. 

If my hopes for my future were set or dependent on my physical health, things may be drastically different for me today.

But for me, I sense it was my active faith, who I am spiritually. My strengths and gifts are not founded on the abilities of my physical health but in the born-again, spirit-filled spiritual person I have become.

Having confessed Christ Jesus as Lord, Savior and Redeemer, I have the freedom and privilege to bear the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit regardless of my physical abilities or limitations.

I do give thanks for those who struggle with health issues and continue to battle on with a good spirit. 

I have a saying for myself: “You’re either training or doing; what are you training to do?”

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things.”

Train in Word and Deed; stay spiritually fit!

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