My daughter recently told me that I am a fitness fanatic. As I thought about it, I realized that she is probably right. I do at least a twenty-minute workout each morning, in addition to Zumba on Mondays and Wednesdays and a full-body workout on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Besides these activities, I teach an advance tap class on Mondays and join a line dancing class on Tuesdays. Two days a month you will find me clogging with other women, and an occasional aqua class brings me to the pool. And to complete my routine, if you live in my neighborhood, you may have noticed that I walk four days a week. Phew! Tired yet?
In light of that, I pondered whether my spiritual fitness or my physical fitness is most important to me. I felt that God was asking me if I spent as much time on devotions, Bible reading and study, Scripture memorization, church ministry and serving Him as I did on my pursuit of fitness. I decided to do a comparison. What I found out was that for five days out of a normal week, fitness activities were the predominant focus. On Wednesdays and Sundays, it was the reverse. Some weeks do include additional church-related activities such as Women’s ministry meetings, planning meetings, helping with VBS, and retreats, and these affect the overall outcome in the physical fitness/ spiritual fitness time commitment comparison. However, overall, I found that I was indeed putting more time and energy into my physical fitness than my spiritual.
In light of my discovery, I asked the Lord to show me what to change. The first thing He showed me was that instead of listening to music when I walk (a combination of Broadway, country, classical and Christian music), I need to spend half of that time on memory verses.
Secondly, I need to expand my Bible study time, which I admit, can be a challenge, at times.
Thirdly, I am praying about more ministry opportunities and asking the Lord to show me what He wants me to do and how He wants to use me. I have a couple of ideas.
I am thankful to the Lord for His continued work in my life. I desire for my life to be marked by growth and an increasing willingness to devote myself, my time, my passions and my energy to knowing God better and to being used for His glory.
I am convinced that my spiritual fitness needs to be THE focus of my life and that it needs to be reflected in my schedule. By His grace and through His strength, I am working on this. My daily verse for this year is Psalm 25:4-5.
Show me your way O Lord, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me. For you are the God of my salvation. On you I wait all day.
Praise God that He is at work in my life. Philippians 1:6 says,
He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
I am a work in progress!
From Peggy Schultz