Why more pastors should run, jog, or walk (with scripture proofs!)

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I was back in a good rhythm of exercise up until a couple of weeks ago when I caught a little bug that was going around. I didn't realize how good I felt from running until I got out of my routine. Here's some resources that have been helpful for a lazy runner like me:
And here are 10 reasons why folks in ministry should run, with some serious and not-so-serious Scripture proof-texts to boot!
  1. In committing your body to a repetitive activity, your mind is cleared and ready for new insight into God's Truth (John 16:13).
  2. It keeps you from being gluttonous, violating a command that is a weakness for Pastors in churches that love to eat (1 Corinthians 6:19).
  3. It makes you a better steward of time. Work expands to fill time. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-14).
  4. It provides rhythm, energy, and balance for long days on the go. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
  5. It's uninterrupted time to think, "approach the throne of grace," consider sermon ideas & offer prayers as they come to mind. (Hebrews 4:16)
  6. It's free for thrifty pastors. (Luke 16:13)
  7. Being outdoors in all kinds of weather is a good way to find renewed appreciation for creation. (Psalm 148:3-10)
  8. It keeps you in good health so you can care for those in poor health. Physical health allows you to be a good example. (Hebrews 13:7b)
  9. It's a good way to connect with people outside of the church and (Mark 2:14)
  10. Your spouse will like it! (Song of Solomon 2:9a)

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