As I’m getting older, I feel the need to be as healthy as possible and I recently went and got a full physical from the doctor.
I was reflecting upon myself and what brought me joy, brought satisfaction and peace to my life. In this next season of life, I wondered what my purpose would be?
A couple of years ago some words were impressed onto my heart when I was praying one day. “Physically fit, but spiritually fitter.”
If I was going to do well and do better in life, I needed to be healthy – not just physically – but also spiritually. Not long after this when I was reading scripture, I got so excited because the same meaning was in 1 Timothy 4:8.
For while physical training is of some value, godliness – spiritual fitness – is valuable in every way, holding promise for the present life and the life to come.
And so, during Lent when we are encouraged to fast, to pray, to give (so we can focus on and show importance to what God has done in our lives), I look at how I can honour God physically and spiritually.
Physically I can fast – it does well for my body. This is also often encouraged in lots of diets these days, for it has been proven to help our health.
But then spiritually – it does well for my soul. For when I have an urge to eat something I have given up, a swift prayer to God with the words – “I’m doing this out of love for you. I’m doing this to show you how much I love you and thanking you for what you have done for me.” This reminds me that I am devoted to God and helps me to know what is truly important to me in my life.
We have been described as, “temples of the Holy Spirit,” meaning He lives within us and so especially during this season of Lent would it not be good to try and have a “clean house”- physically and spiritually – to welcome the Spirit of the Living God to come and reside within us.
PRAYER: Lord, here I am. This is me in all my imperfections and I need you today. May I grow spiritually fit and stronger reflecting on what is truly important to me in my life as we begin to pray, fast and give together. Amen.