The Value of Physical Exercise

The Apostle Paul said, “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 Tim. 4:8)

While we may focus more on spiritual things—especially pastors and church folks—we must not forget that Paul said, exercise has “some value” too. He did not say it’s useless. And you know what, we never learn the lesson until it’s too late. I’m learning the lesson now—back again.

Treadmill For Exercise

physical exerciseSome 4 or 5 years ago, my wife and I decided it was about time for us to buy a treadmill to help us in our need for exercise especially now that we have reached the age of 50. So we bought one. It was expensive but we really felt the need to have it for our health’s sake. But you know what, I never did use it regularly. Just on occasions when I felt like doing it.

But with my recent poor health condition, I am now again back to the treadmill. I guess I have never learned the lesson—yet. I’m learning the hard way. So, back to the treadmill I go. Exercise! And it takes determination to do it regularly. So here I go—again!

Hope in the Midst of Sickness

SicknessI’m just glad the Lord has given me understanding about what sickness is all about. Sickness is just one of those trials that can befall any one of us. God did not plan for us to live forever in our physical bodies. Rather, God has planned for all of us to participate in the love relationship that is being eternally enjoyed by the Father, Son and Spirit. And what is even more encouraging is that God through our Lord Jesus has already done everything that is needed to be done for all of us to be saved. Our salvation is guaranteed. There’s nothing to worry about. This gives us hope and encouragement as we go through life and especially when we get sick.

Sickness Can Happen to Anyone

It’s been two weeks now since I got dizzy while driving at the North Luzon Expressway and since that time, I’ve been going in and out of the hospital for checkups. I can see that I’m not as healthy as I used to be. For one, I now have a bulging tummy—not too much though but how I wish it was not there. Reality check: it’s there! I hope doing exercises and diet will help reduce it somewhat.

I have never been hospitalized in my entire life for a sickness. Instead, I have been going in and out of the hospital for more than 20 years as a pastor (I’m now a retired pastor) visiting the sick among our church members. But this time, it’s different. I’m now the patient–an outpatient though.

My wife and I have been visiting the hospital for various checkups like ECG, 2D Echo, blood extraction for various tests and ultrasound. The doctor gave me some medicines to address my high blood pressure and high cholesterol level. I’m still not “high blood” though if you know what I mean—a person raging with anger. I can still maintain my cool.

The doctor told me there’s nothing to be alarmed about. I’m under medication for one month. Now that I’m age 57, the doctor advised me to have a regular checkup.

God’s wonderful good news gives us comfort in the midst of our trials. God’s good news gives us hope and encouragement in the midst of our sickness. Thanks be to the Lord my Savior!

High Blood Pressure at the Expressway!

For the first time in my life, without any signs or any warning at all, I got dizzy while driving along the expressway! I had a very high blood pressure and I didn’t know it! It was early morning (March 1) and I had to bring my mom to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Terminal 1 (NAIA 1) in Manila all the way from San Fernando, Pampanga. My mom visited me for a few days and she was now going home back to the US.

While driving along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), I suddenly felt dizzy. My vision slowly began to get blurred and I felt like the world was turning around in front of me. Thankfully, I still managed to slowly bring the car to the emergency parking area (the right shoulder of the highway) without any incident. I rested for a while and told my mom about it. I was silently praying that God would help me out.

high blood pressure checkThen we moved on again. But it didn’t take long that I felt dizzy again so I had to stop again at the emergency parking area. I reclined the driver’s seat, took a nap while my mom sat there beside me worried about everything that’s been happening around her. Thankfully, she read an emergency phone number right outside where we parked. I called up the number and told NLEX about my situation. In minutes, the highway patrol group arrived. They called up the paramedics which also arrived in minutes in their ambulance. I thank these personnel of NLEX. They helped me for free. I tried to give them some money to show my gratitude but they refused. They didn’t ask for anything. I salute them for their service to motorists in need of help.

High Blood Pressure Unrealized

As it turned out, I had a very high blood pressure at over 200/100! It was the first time this happened to me. After resting for some 3 hours at the Petron Gas Station, I was back to normal. Without any incident, I was able to send my mom to the airport on time but I missed attending a PMA General Assembly meeting scheduled that day at pier 15 at MV Logos Hope.

I pity my mom that she had to see her son helpless while she sat beside me also helpless and didn’t know what to do. But I believe God helped us through. I’m just glad to know she’s back home safe in the US. After sending my mom to the NAIA 1 airport, I decided to go back home to Pampanga instead of attending another meeting. I arrived home safely without any incident. Thanks be to God for his guidance and help.