Wednesday, September 3, 2008


Amy and I finally joined the YMCA in Elizabeth City. We have thought about it for years, but finally decided to do it. We knew that we needed to shake up our exercise routine, so we decided to join the Y.

Over the years I have enjoyed working out at a gym. It started in junior high when our PE teacher introduced us to the Universal Gym. I really got serious about lifting weights when I was in high school getting ready for football. I continued some in college and seminary. However, since moving to Bagley Swamp nine years ago, I haven't joined a gym and worked out regularly with weights.

We joined a few weeks ago, and I'd forgotton how much I enjoy lifting weights. Here is the crazy thing - I'm getting up and working out at the Y and getting home before the kids even leave for school. I can't believe that I'm getting up that early - it's not easy, but it feels great to start my day that way.

So far, I have more energy and feel great. In my life, I have found that when I am in better physical shape, I tend to do spiritually. When I become more disciplined physically, I am more disciplined spiritually.

One of my favorite verses is on the wall at the Y where I see it every morning: For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come (1 Timothy 4:8)