matters of the heart

1st Timothy 4 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible.  As I’ve been putting in more time running these past few weeks, verse 8 has been on my heart (“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.”)  What exactly does this mean? (I’d love to hear your thoughts!)  Do I need to spend as much time reading God’s word and praying as I do running?  With my cross-country team – do they need to spend as much time reading God’s word and praying as they do at practice each day? What about time with my husband and kids? For my runners, what about studying?  These questions have been rolling around in my head.  1 conclusion/realization I have come to is that 100% of our days should be focused godliness.  We need to be meditating on Christ all day, every day, as we go about everything we do in our days.  Physical training is of some value – it is important – and it is not separate from godliness. Godliness and living life for Christ is it. Full stop.  Physical training should be an expression of godliness – praising God for the ability, opportunity, etc.  This is going to be a point I reiterate to my team (and thus to myself) again and again this Fall.

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