In Two Long Years

“For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things,

having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” (1 Tim 4:8)

Some of you remember it’s been two years ago this week that I began my journey to be healthier. I started at a weight of 315.4lbs. Not only was my weight unhealthy, I was on three medicines for diabetes, as well as two medicines for blood sugar, and a medicine for cholesterol. Even with the medications I was on, I still had unhealthy levels of blood sugar, my blood pressure was too high, and my cholesterol was through the roof.  I have lost over half my body weight in two years. I am proud to say that it has been an effort. I calculated last year that in jogging and walking I logged 2,464.9 miles from February 20, 2012 to February 20, 2013. In total, I have burned 209,985 calories as of the writing of this article. And, according to my pedometer, I average 13,500 steps per day. I have spent many hours in the gym lifting weights to build up physical strength in the last six months.  In terms of weight, the exercise I have done in the last year has prevented over 70lbs of weight gain alone. So why am I telling you this?

While the effort has been great, and the effort has not gone unnoticed for myself, Paul reminds us that “bodily exercise profits little”. We know the term profit all too well; we see it in our salary, and in our expenditures. We understand that a profit is something we want and desire. Does bodily exercise profit? Well of course it does; we are to be good stewards and manage those things God has given us, and our bodies are no different. Paul is not telling us that we are not to take care of our bodies; rather, Paul is making a connection between our bodies and godliness. Godliness, Paul says, is profitable for all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and the life which is to come. No matter how long we exercise, or how hard, eventually age will take its toll; no matter the time or amount or effort of exercise we put into place, our bodies will not be here for eternity. On the contrast, Paul brings to mind that we do not lose heart, even-though our outward man is perishing, our inward man is being renewed day by day (1 Cor 4:16).

How do we “renew” that inward man? Through growing our faith every single day. Remembering that  without faith its impossible to please God (Heb 11:6), and that our faith comes from the study, the daily study of God’s word (Romans 10:17). It has been a long two years. I am thankful for the strength that God has blessed me with to be able to endure the challenges of making my body healthier, and I pray more fit for service unto God. But I am also reminded of the charge of Paul, that in comparison to godliness, all other efforts profit little. Make sure your faith grows daily!

Ande Z

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