BY REV. DORAL PULLEY, Today’s Church Tampa Bay
The Kingdom Key of Wise and Foolish is rooted in the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13). Five of them were wise and five of them were foolish. The difference between wisdom and foolishness is preparation.
The Kingdom Key of Sheep and Goats is based on the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31- 46). This key illustrates the importance of pastoral care, community service, and outreach.
Loving Yourself through Exercise
Another fuel for the body is exercise. One of the best gifts we can give ourselves is exercise. I find it beneficial for me to exercise in the morning. After giving God the first fruits of my day, I give myself the second fruit, the gift of exercise. Before I can give anything to others, I must give something to myself.
When compared to the spiritual exercises of godliness and contentment, Paul said, “Physical exercise has little value (I Timothy 4:8).” Nevertheless, it is important to get the value that exercise has to offer.
Exercising three times a week for at least 30 minutes each time benefits the body through weight management and an increase in the functioning of the cardiovascular system. The adrenaline produced by physical activity also aids in a more restful sleep.
Exercise is excellent for stress-management and anger- management. It also helps us to relax. Physical exercise can also be combined with the spiritual exercises of meditation, affirmations, and scripture quotations.
There are so many ways to use exercise creatively in our lives. Exercise not only benefits the body, but it also benefits the soul and spirit.
Rev. Doral Pulley is the senior pastor of Today’s Church Tampa Bay, 940 5th Ave. S, St. Petersburg (Staybridge Suites) and 5107 North Central Ave., Tampa.