Tuesday I reached an important milestone, at least one that is important to me. I actually made and kept a resolution for one whole year. In December 2009, I decided that I needed to be more intentional about exercising. I also know myself well enough, that I would not be able to do it on my own. I needed to be in some type of exercise program or group. As I looked at my options and schedule, I had to find a program that I could fit into a schedule filled with family activities and Church related obligations. Thanks to a friend, I did find such a program. In January 2010 I began participating in boot camp at a local training facility. I remember that first day vividly. Boot camp is not for the weak at heart, it was brutal. I was tired, in pain and pushed to my physical limits. As the class was ending, I recall one of the class members saying to me, "The hardest part is coming back." How true, but I did go back, even though I didn't feel like it.
I have now reached the milestone of participating in boot camp for one year. Is it still brutal, yes. Is it still hard to go back, yes. I continue to participate, not because it was a resolution, but because it is good for my overall health.
It is as important for me to take care of my spiritual health, as it is my physical health. I need to practice those disciplines which help me exercise my faith. I need to pray, read scripture, attend public worship and serve others, even when I don't feel like it or when it gets hard.
When it comes to your spiritual life, what do you need to do to maintain your health? What are the difficulties you face, as you try to exercise your faith?