That we glorify God through the proper use of our body is undeniable and the scripture is replete with instructions concerning the body. Yet, without a brain the most glorious hulk would be pathetic and of little use to themselves or others. I take the physical serious and at 74 I can still outrun most 73 year olds. By following Paul’s teaching of “Keeping my body under” (control) takes only a little time. Time is the key word in my thinking for 2016.
Years ago Readers Digest ran ads from large corporations telling the world that they wanted a certain kind of employee by stating, “Send me a man who reads.” Paul instructed the young Pastor Timothy with this line, “Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.”
1Timothy 4:13. Note that reading is given first, for a failure to read continuously would result in mindless mumbling concerning very important truths that must be communicated to the flock.
Paul wrote from a prison cell and this is what he asked for, “Bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas when you come--and the books, especially the parchments.” 2Timothy 4:13. He was cold, needed something to read, but noted the most important was the parchments. Most take parchments to mean scriptures.
If we are going to follow the instruction and example of Paul and many others, we have to set aside TIME for this pursuit. Often this will involve passing up some of the absolutely mindless babble on the TV. Understand, we can learn many things from the TV, but for the most part we are engaging in a mindless exercise when watching.
Years ago Earl Nightingale said, “If you will take the time and a small amount of money to buy programs along the line of your chosen field you will become an expert on most subjects in 2 to 3 years by simply listening attentively to the cassettes during your drive time.” Earl started his career as the first Sky King on radio, but went on to become the premier writer and speaker in the Motivation field during his time on earth.
All of this comes down to TIME. 86, 400 seconds are given to each one of us every day. No one has more or less. We must make a choice as to how we invest this precious gift. If reading/studying to improve our lot in life is valuable, and it is, then the sensible thing is to apportion our time wisely.
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for." Socrates.
Moses wrote, “So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Ps 90:12.
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