Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers I Timothy 4:8-10
I had knee replacement surgery several years ago, and it taught me several things. First, is that there is an emotional consequence of surgery that we would do well to consider more than we do. Of course there is physical pain, which is to be expected. Frankly, that pain was very manageable. The mild depression that followed was not as I might have expected. It too was quite manageable once I recognized it for what it was. It consisted of negative thinking which was not very rational at times. It left me thinking that I would never totally recover, and that walking would always be a bit of a problem. Not true, of course, but when you are there in your mindset, it can be hard to combat.
The other lesson was a “re-learning”- if you don’t use it, you lose it. One day I looked down at my calf muscle and I was appalled at the muscle mass I had lost. I had become (and still am) an avid walker, and I was used to a well-developed calf muscle, built on miles of walking every day. In a scant two weeks, I saw a rather withered muscle that added to the aforementioned depressive thinking. What I had developed over the years seemed to disappear in weeks.
The moral of the story? If you don’t use a function regularly, you lose it. Muscles need to be worked every day. In fact, every faculty of our being is there to be used. Our mind, our body, our intellect, our social connections- everything, must be regularly used to be maintained in top shape.
So, since we are physical, spiritual and emotional beings, we need to find ways to stimulate all three areas daily. After all, if you don’t use it, you do indeed begin to lose it.
Prayer: Lord, you have made us to be bodies and minds in motion. Thank you for that marvelous plan, Amen