“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Tim. 4:6 NLT)
Almost every morning for the last 25 years I have exercised my body. It is nothing too strenuous. It is just a light workout to maintain my health. I don’t do it to look good or to compete in some sport. I just do it because I want to live longer and feel better. I am sure many of you do the same.
Our bodies aren’t the only part of us that needs exercise, however. There is a far more important part of ourselves that we should exercise as well and that is our souls. It is so easy to do too. Here are just a few of the things you can do to exercise your soul.
Take a moment several times each day to think about just how much God loves you. Say asimple prayer. My own favorite is, “Thank You!” Listen to a song that lifts your spirit and sing along. Spend an afternoon listening to the rain fall on your roof while petting your dog. Sharea smile with someone you pass on the street. Give your children a big hug and kiss and tell them you love them. Take a nice long walk outside to reconnect with God’s creation. Help out a local charity. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. Watch the moon and stars at night. Send an encouraging note to a friend who could use it. Shut off all of your screens and spend some time reading an inspiring book. Hold the hand of someone you love. Do a kind act for another and don’t let anyone else know about it. Give to your community. Give your time. Give your talents. Give your love. Treat everyone you meet like they won’t be here tomorrow. Free yourself from fear and open your heart to love. Love God. Love yourself. Love everyone like yourself. Love like today is your last one here because it just might be.
Never stop exercising your soul then. Never stop growing better, stronger, kinder, and closer to God. Keep yourself in great shape for this life and for the greater life to come.
Joseph J. Mazzella