Yesterday as I was jogging back home from the gym, I passed by a neighbor and greeted him, in response He said: “Did you go to the gym?” I answered in the affirmative. He then made a remark “Bodily exercise profits a little, so says the bible”. I said okay and continued my jogging back home.
You may be wondering what is the big deal about this passing comment and why I am writing about it.
Well, this is the second time in 1 week that someone is quoting that same verse from the bible to me – as regards my decision to start working out for health purpose – the first person that made such remark was my pastor’s wife.
This re-affirmed two things for me:
1. The most dangerous people to come across while you are on a journey to self-improvement are the religious folks.
They have a scriptural passage to shroud their negativism, envy, jealousy, hate speech and all other acts of the flesh in order to suppress your progress. They will always use a passage in the bible to encourage you to quit your journey of self-improvement.
Don’t listen to them. They are only trying to keep you from succeeding in life, and their most deceptive weapon against you is “the bible passages they have crammed for this purpose”
2. On your journey to being the best version of yourself, don’t ever listen to nay-sayers, because you will meet a lot of them. Realize that this journey starts with a change in mindset, if you don’t change your mindset and build a resilient mindset that can withstand all sorts of discouragement, then you will most definitely fail.
Why I won’t stop going to the gym even though the bible said: “bodily exercise profits a little”.
One of the things I do often since I embarked on this journey of self-improvement is self-appraisal.
Ever since I I started going to the gym, I have faced so many discouraging comments from people. So in order not to allow these statements to discourage me, I had to go and appraise my main reason for starting a workout routine (which comes with a lot of pain), in order not to be distracted by their statement.
I knew I had to address their scriptural passage and other snide comments so that it doesn’t become a seed that will spring forth tomorrow to discourage me (by belittling my efforts) on my fitness journey.
I reassured myself that I was on the right track, and even if it is just a “little profit” that I will gain from this workout, then I am also going to gain that, at least, “little” is not “nothing“.
Attitude is Everything
Since I embarked on the journey to be the best version of myself, I have always made a conscious decision to have the right attitude towards everything I am not comfortable with. so even though, I knew what the motive of these detractors was, I choose to see a benefit in their statement.
They made me realize that even the Bible acknowledges the importance of bodily exercise.
Here is where you can find the statement, “bodily exercise profits a little in the Bible; 1st Tim 4:8
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. (NKJV)
Here is how The Living Bible (TLB) put it.
Bodily exercise is all right, but spiritual exercise is much more important and is a tonic for all you do. So exercise yourself spiritually, and practice being a better Christian because that will help you not only now in this life, but in the next life too.
Here is how The Message Bible put it.
Exercise daily in God—no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.
How does this statement affect my life as a Christian?
As a Christian, how does this statement affect your decision to work-out in the gym?
This statement was made by Paul to Timothy to advice him on the importance of Spiritual exercise and why He must not devote so much time to his workout routine to the detriment of his Spiritual growth. This statement was not made in order to undermine the importance of staying fit in the physical body which carries the spirit man.
It is unfortunate that people now use it recklessly and in a judgemental way in order to undermine the effort of Christians that want to stay fit and healthy. (These sets of religious people also make no effort to quote that verse of the scripture completely)
As God’s princess, I know that exercising your spirit man by meditating on the word of God, singing hymns, praying without alway, fasting, praising God with songs and speaking in tongues is of more value. So I would always put it as a priority.
Choose to be the best version of yourself no matter what people may say.
Because being the best version of yourself is an all-encompassing journey. It involves constantly improving all areas of your life (spiritually, physically, psychologically, financially, emotionally, mentally) e.t.c
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below.
If you would love to know why I choose to start going to the gym, even though people feel that I don’t need it. see my post on why I have decided to make exercise a lifetime routine.