Are You in Shape?

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

As politicians in Washington try to hammer out a new health care plan, the National Bureau of Economic Research believes the answer is actually quite simple.  All you need to do is find a way to encourage people to eat healthier and exercise regularly.  A recent survey, however, indicates this is not easy, even when you offer individuals a financial incentive.  In a recent experiment, new gym members were offered up to $60.00 based on their workout attendance over a six week period.  Initially there was a slight improvement due to the incentive.  But, overall there was no significant difference in attendance between those who received a stipend and those who didn’t.  So, if financial incentives aren’t enough to motivate healthy habits then what is?


The opening chapter of Psalms tells us that knowing and applying the Word of God is the most important spiritual habit because it has both present and future implications.  A powerful incentive is given in the third verse of Psalm 1 where the righteous are described as being “…like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither, whatever they do prospers.”   In other words, that the daily habit of reading and obeying the Scriptures will result in a life that is characterized by a sense of security, spiritual growth, and purposeful living.  The remainder of Psalm 1 goes on to show that the exact opposite awaits those who intentionally neglect God’s Word.


You can begin improving your spiritual health by downloading a Bible app, or by opening your Bible to the book of Psalms or any of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) and, just like eating or exercising, make spending time in the God’s Word a daily habit.  You will be amazed at the results!  You have God’s Word on it!