Stepping into Good Health

A devotion on 1 Timothy 4:8

For bodily exercise has some value, but godliness has value in all things, having the promise of the life which is now, and of that which is to come.
–1 Timothy 4:8

10,000 steps a day.

That’s what advocates of pedometers are encouraging us to strive for. They say that those of us who take 5000 or fewer steps are living a sedentary lifestyle; we are sitting too much to maintain good health.

It might surprise you to know what profession in the United States enjoys the longest lifespan for its workers… Nuns!

Women who have shed the stress of life for meditation, prayer, and service to those in need, live an average of seventy-seven years. Those following closely to the feet of Jesus, perhaps walking more miles in both spirit and in shoes, are living longer than the rest of us!

Perhaps it is just as Paul says, “Exercise is valuable, but it isn’t the most valuable thing in life.” Exercise alone isn’t enough to counteract the way the average American lives. Stress and indulgence are robbing our years.

Honoring the Sabbath, fasting, praying, holding close God’s peace, and pursuing godliness are not only in line with an eternal life later, but also sustain a valuable life for us now.


Dear Heavenly Lord, Please help keep me fit for Your service, both physically, mentally, and spiritually. Lead me where You wish me to go. And walk with me wherever You lead. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.


What is one habit I can add to my life to try to lengthen my years? What is one habit I can get rid of that will likely increase my life span?