Growing up at church taught me to eat whole healthy foods, dress appropriately, be a good steward, and treat others with kindness. While my church promoted wholesome, healthy living, exercising was not elevated like the other components. Sometimes, I wondered the reasons for such differences. But instead of delving deeper, I decided to elevate the importance of fitness for myself.
This started two years ago, when challenges at work turned into Goliaths. Then, exercising became a prerequisite for a clearer mind and not (just) another item piled onto my to-do list. One Bible verse that had inspired the leap was found in 1 Corinthians 6:20, “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
Knowing the many benefits that exercising brings to our bodies, I started running 5 mins in the afternoon. Sometimes my workout lasted 25 minutes, but they lasted 5 minutes on most days. Like Dr. Michael Miller suggested, starting with as little as five minutes a day of walking or any activity you enjoy can turn our lives around. Eventually five minutes will become ten minutes, and ten minutes will turn into fifteen minutes. He was right, and I felt more equipped to honor God with the body He had created.
Contemplate on Luke 16:10 with me for a few minutes:
“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in larger ones…”
The 5 minutes and the little things in life can change us. Why? It’s not that the little things or minutiae of everyday life contain fairy dust, but rather it’s the habits we form while being faithful in little things that shape our character, and eventually determine our destiny.
Spend 5 minutes brisk walking or jogging and 5 minutes on studying the Bible. If you already have an exercise and bible studies routine, we challenge you to encourage others to do the same.
Written & Edited by
Covered & Kept Ministries Board & Team