My friend and trainer, John Robinson, went over the basics again with me last week.  He talked to me about the necessity of exercise, discipline and nutrition.  He was spot on and reminded me my choices now impact my future.  He encouraged me to eat clean (healthy) and exercise regularly in addition to the times we spend in training.  He reminded me that my health was my responsibility and dropped the grandson bomb (motivation) on me – “You do want to be around and able to play with your grandkids when you’re older.”  He meant it in the best of ways, and I took it that way.  He is concerned about my overall health and I’m thankful for this and for John.

As I was thinking about his counsel and making plans with Janet (my wife) to implement the things he shared, my mind quickly thought of Paul’s words in 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (Ph) which says: “…Take time and trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit.  Bodily fitness has a certain value, but spiritual fitness is essential both for this present life and for the life to come.”

Bodily fitness is valuable and important.  Spiritual fitness is even more important.  In light of this, what are you including in your spiritual diet?  What kind of spiritual exercise are you involved in?  Do you have anyone who is helping you train spiritually?

Here are a few things I believe should be included in your spiritual training / regimen:  (a) nourishment from the Scripture – individually in time alone with God & cooperatively in time together with God & others (church & small groups), (b) exercising your gifts and abilities by serving God’s purpose through a local church, (c) the discipline of time spent alone with God in the Scripture and in prayer each day, (d) training, encouragement and mentoring by connecting with others in a small group of people seeking God’s purpose & direction for their lives, and (e) the discipline and challenge of sharing with others what God has done and is doing in your life.

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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3 Responses to Fitness

  1. Pam Clark says:

    Good morning Pastor BJ, thank you, on April 5th I started with Emery at Jrobs with nutrition and clean eating, riding the bike and beginner yoga, I’m adding more each day as I get stronger.Since 2003 I have been in the battle zone with my weight and health, to the point of hopelessly giving up, but my insistent sweet friend Donna McKibben loves me enough not to let me :). I am grateful to have a community of people around me who I can draw inspiration and encouragement from. I appreciate you and pray for you. Love, Pam Clark

  2. Gayla says:

    Good morning: You have always said to put first things first- God’s Word. It is true when you put Him first other things usually fit. Hope you and your family are well. Sincerely Gayla Russell Fowler

  3. Bart Wisdom says:

    Been visiting GF in Paradise past two Sundays and love the Series “Professional Atheist”. Been reading a few of your blogs to get to know you a little better and this one hit me pretty hard. Had been listening to the Series “Taking Responsibility for Your Life” by Andy Stanley a few weeks ago and thought I’d mention it to you. Mostly the same principles and just another bit of encouragement for those reading. Thanks for all your doing.

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