Admittedly Jack LaLanne was before my time, but I still recognized who he was when I learned the news that he had passed away. He was a fitness guru, pioneer and entrepreneur. He opened a gym, starred on a television show, and promoted a juicer. He was the father of modern day health personalities. His fitness decisions seem to pay-off as he lived until he was 95.
His life, also, reminds me of an important truth. This man definitely profited from exercise (both health wise and financially). However, Jack Lalanne did not live forever and the eternity that he entered will be much longer than his 95 years. The important truth that I’m reminded of is Paul’s statement in 1 Timothy 4:8 “Bodily exercise is beneficial for a little time, but godliness is beneficial for a all time, having promise for the current life, and the life which is to come” (Translation mine).
Americans spend untold amounts of money and time on health and fitness. Not a bad thing within itself, however are we spending the appropriate time on godliness, which will benefit long after this life is over?