Words are more than inanimate combinations of letters. Seen with the eye, they draw pictures in the mind, etch impressions upon the heart. Words exist in time unfixed. Written or spoken, they can inspire. Or wound. Or challenge. Or all. May the words found here serve as catalysts for the good. And may they do no harm.
"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Staying Fit and Fit to Stay
By Micky Wolf
recently read an article about a world renowned athlete who trains daily, keeps
an eye on what she eats, and always makes sure she has time to rest and relax
between events. This attention to maintaining a healthy body, mind and spirit
is common among those engaged in professional sports. What made her story a bit
different was her belief she would never be too experienced, too successful, or
too wise to learn something new—about herself or her technique. Her reality of personal excellence--if she was more than capable of teaching and mentoring others, she was
definitely always going to be a student as well.
process of exercising, as well as that of learning or refining skills, can evoke
some pretty strong reactions, mostly having to do with resistance. Wouldn’t it
be great, we muse, if someone has finally come up with a way to incorporate
personal improvement without a lot of movement, repetition, sweat, or pain? Not
wanting to perpetuate any false hope, this treatise does not resolve that
Christians have an excellent example of the importance of fitness, learning and
endurance as lived by Apostle Paul of Tarsus. He is quite comfortable using
sports and lifestyle metaphors as ways to convey encouragement and instruction
for developing, exercising and strengthening our spiritual well being.
their definitions, exercising and learning incorporate and associate a variety of
words and meanings, several of which follow. So, Paul, it’s your turn—a few nuggets
of wisdom to get us motivated and moving for our spiritual workout.
…if one does acts of mercy, do so with cheerfulness.
do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very
thing I hate. [Romans 7:15]
And then the lawless one will be
revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and
destroy him by his appearing and his coming. The coming of the lawless one by
the activity of Satan will be with
all power and with pretended signs and wonders. [2 Thessalonians 2:8-9]
do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline
and instruction of the Lord. [Ephesians 6:4]
So it depends not
on human will or exertion,
but on God who shows mercy.
Study to show thyself approved unto God, a
workman that need not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth. [2
working with our own hands; when we are reviled, we bless; when we
persecuted, we endure… [1 Corinthians 4:12]
nothing to do with profane myths and old wives' tales. Train yourself in
being fit to stay the course of life, whether physically or spiritually—greatly
depends on the choices we make. There is no denying the dying and death of our
earthly body. At the same time the end of the story, so to speak, for our
spirit-being, can be vastly different. In that light, being a mentor
as well as a student means making good choices to:
through the strength of God within
with an honest heart
train our intellect in the Truth of God
A commitment to
ongoing learning results in increased physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual
healthiness, stamina, and endurance. And in the process, the joy we carry
within the earthen vessel of self becomes an ever increasing reservoir of love,
compassion and caring to be given and shared in service to our fellow sojourners.
consider myself spiritually fit?
sense resistance to becoming more spiritually fit? Why?
one choice could I make this moment to improve my fitness for the journey?