“for the training of the body has a limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8 HCSB
If there was one piece of scripture that I have based my journey on it is the one Paul writes in his letter to Timothy. Of course this journey is taking the whole Bible as a guide, but I got this passage as a daily Bible verse through the Youversion Bible App, and as a result I started to ponder its deeper meaning…again. I’m not nearly as fast as I was. I can’t run as long as I once did. I can train and train to try to get back to as peak a form as I could but even then it’s fleeting. I still need to be able to function and be healthy, however, I’m okay with not being what I once was. And getting fit isn’t for my benefit but my family’s benefit.
He follows the above scripture with statement with ‘This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance. ‘ 1 Timothy 4:9. I think I’ve accepted it. I definitely devote more time to the spiritual side of health, but also use it to fuel my physical and mental fitness.
The scripture also made me think about all the things I pursue that really don’t bring any kind of lasting peace or contentment. They are all just temporary. Godliness is more permanent and it brings a peace of mind that is unmatched.