3 John 1:4a-I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking(NIV).
My friend didn’t want to start a walking program with me and produced a ton of quotes to back up her refusal. Thus began our banter back and forth.
She: Every time I hear ‘exercise’, I wash my mouth out with chocolate. Unknown
Me: Those who have no time for bodily exercise will soon find time for illness. Edward Stanley
She: I consider exercise vulgar. It makes people smell. Alec Yuill Thornton
Me: A bear, however hard he tries, grows tubby without exercise. A.A. Milne
She: I am pushing sixty. That is enough exercise for me. Mark Twain
Me: The only exercise you get is jumping to conclusions, and pushing your luck!
She: Whenever I feel like exercise, I lie down until the feeling passes. ~Robert M. Hutchins
(This time I countered with Biblical truths!)
ME: – God likes to walk (Genesis 3:8) and commands us to walk (Deuteronomy 8:6).
He suggests we wear sensible clothing when we do (1 Samuel 17:39).
Jesus spent a lot of time walking (Matthew 4:18, 14:25-26, Mark 6:48-49).
Walking signifies healing (Matthew 15:31, Acts 3:8).
It is part of believing (Luke 9:5).
And it makes God happy when we do (3 John 1:4).
She sighed and resigned herself to better health with these words.
“Well, I guess if it is good enough for God, it is good enough for me.”
And off we stepped, toward mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
I know this devotional is somewhat tongue in cheek but God only gave us one body. If we don’t care for it, eventually we will not be able to minister to others.
Prayer-Lord, you gave us common sense. Help us to use it. Amen.
Brenda J Wood