Feels Like Redemption

Exercise is not good for you. Yes, you read that right. Strictly speaking, it's downright harmful. Take running, for instance. It's traumatic, and the breakdown puts the body at an extremely vulnerable state. But what? It's only how the body comes back from a beating that proves its worth. Speaking of tough exercises, try and name one Biblical character that didn't run into problems. Do you notice that each person that comes to mind was likely restored to become a more effective God follower? The Bible says, "We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance and endurance produces character, and character produces hope and hope does not disappoint." (Rom. 5:3-5)

Healing, repair, growth, strength: descendants of diligence and progenies of prudence. The next time you're sore from a workout or when your soul hurts from tribulation, whisper to yourself, "Feels like redemption".

--Jimmy Peña

For Discussion: Stay with me this week as we examine some principles of health that help point us right back to eternity. Who else finds it neat the way God weaves spiritual truths within our bodies and health? Or better yet, who reading this has ever felt "redemption"...?

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