Physical Training Gets Trumped By the Spiritual
Physical training has its place, but Spiritual training will last forever. You have to make a choice about how you will invest, and only one direction has lasting repercussions.
1 Timothy 4:8 (Amp)
For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.
My physical appearance has always been a sore spot in my life. It may be that I come from a family of beauty queens. It may be that my older brother was considered one of the “hottest” guys in school. It may be because I put the pressure on myself to fit into the world’s picture of pretty. Whatever the reasons, I’ve been body conscious for as far back as I can recall.
I can’t ever remember having the same concern about my spirit man. I don’t work out those muscles with as much determination and expectation as I do my arms, legs, thighs, or abs (especially the abs). Of course, I haven’t seen the likes of Billy Graham and Kenneth Copeland splashed on the covers of Vogue or Redbook.
With all seriousness, I give very little thought to how my spirit is seen by the world. Don’t get me wrong, I study and pray and try to walk the walk. It’s just that I hadn’t spent that much time thinking about how others see me. Turns out that working out the spirit man is the only path to everything.
Godliness is about having a fit and healthy spiritual life. I’m committed to spending more time each day focused on my spiritual appearance than I spend on my physical appearance. Although I do intend to continue to “physically train,” I also intend to add a spiritual regimen that will create the me that I need to be.
I can invest in the physical training, but the Spiritual focus makes way for more than physical training could ever do alone.
I don’t care too much – if at all – about how others view my spiritual self. I feel that if I’m in a good relationship with God and feel comfortable with what I’m doing, that’s great. Whether others know that or not is of no concern to me. They won’t be the ones with the big book of names when it’s all said and done 🙂