I can’t tell you exactly when but sometime over the past nearly 6 years now my friend, Shari and I, began to learn what had only been words to me up till that point: Our physical health effects our spiritual health which effects our emotional health. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m a woman. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that my physical health effected my emotions. If I’m tired, look out! I could explode or melt down at the drop of a hat as the old saying goes. I, like many, am learning That we have spent most of our lives, “growing our souls, not always realizing that lack of physical discipline can undercut and even erode spiritual growth.” as Gary Thomas says in his new book, “Every Body Matters”. I have totally used the line of thinking that our spiritual health and maturity is much more important than our physical health. What that boils down to however is an excuse to not exercise on a regular basis when time is tight. Seriously, it’s basically just another excuse in my long line of excuses. While I still believe that my relationship with God is or should be my number one priority there is much to be learned from physical discipline. Physical and spiritual discipline are not mutually exclusive, even if I would like them to be at times.
Gary Thomas does a good job of reminding us of all the times that the Bible talks of the silver-making process as a metaphor of personal refinement. Psalm 66:10-12 says,