Self Discipline
by PamFord Davis
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I remember gym class; I donít remember it fondly.

Iíve never been athletic or very interested in sports. Exercise in elementary school was okay but I dreaded physical education classes in junior and senior high school. New York State believed it was part of a studentís full rounded education. Unwillingly, I went to the locker room to change into my gym uniform and then into the gymnasium. It was not enjoyable. Yet, I did exercise.

Decades later, I began to see the need to stay physically fit. At one time, I exercised faithfully for 1 hour a day; 6 days a week. I did 30 minutes of stretching exercises along with a Christian television program; followed by 30 minutes of aerobic exercise. My diet was low fat and I had great blood readings. A nurse was amazed by my HDL levels. I thought Iíd always exercise. That has not been the case; itís difficult to keep up the strenuous habit.

This year, Iíve been starting most mornings early with exercise. Iíve done quite well but at 71 my routine is not rigorous. It requires self discipline.

Am I spiritually fit?

ďOn the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come (1 Timothy 4:7b-8 NASB).Ē

Wing His Words
Pam Ford Davis