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DISCIPLINED EXERCISE

Natalie Deiters & Alyssa Wolverton

Being healthy is important. I love to run and hike, but I struggle with discipline. Getting up each day to run is hard for me. Before I started getting healthy, I didn’t focus much on taking care of my body; and I can see the consequences today.

Natalie-3 600035_497971880220275_1308939646_nGetting used to routine exercise has been difficult. Now, each time I go on a run, I rely on God, who reminds me that I can do it. I never dreamed of running a mile, let alone two. After I ran two miles, I cried, realizing how much I could do if I put in the effort. When I’m challenged to beat my personal record, I remember that God never gives me anything I cannot handle. I run faster and stronger each time I run. Disciplined exercise is truly a blessing.

—Natalie Deiters, 19

 

Young people are prone to foolishness and fads; the cure comes through tough-minded discipline.
Proverbs 22:15 (The Message)

REFLECT ON PROVERBS 3:6 (NRSV): “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

When we challenge ourselves to eat well and to exercise, we can begin to apply the same discipline to our schoolwork, our commitment to our families, and our daily connection to God. As we love and nurture God’s creation through healthy living, we worship with actions instead of words.

—Alyssa Wolverton, 20

—from devozine (January/February 2015). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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