Yesterday morning, as I sat and drank my coffee, I was doing my devotions. That is, I was taking time, reading through the book of Mark in the Bible and then reading through a book with daily thoughts on Scripture called Today (www.thisistoday.net). The small reflection on how to live my life in a way that is good and pleasing to God. It was about living in God’s grace found in Jesus. As I have been reading through the Today booklet and through the Book of Mark, I’ve been reflecting on how I need to live my life and how I HAVE been living my life. In my own personal readings, I’ve been seeing how I need to strive to be more like Jesus in my day to day living. In the Today booklet, there’s advice on how to do this. Not much, just a few words here and there, but enough to be helpful.
When I was done with my devotions, I realized that there was a weightlifting exercise I wanted to take another look at in one of my books. I wasn’t sure if I was doing it right and I wanted to also reexamine exactly which muscle groups I was working. I have a book called Strength Training Anatomy by Frederic Delavir which I have found helpful in better understanding how the muscles work and how to do the exercises properly.
And then it hit me. I was doing something similar with exercising as I was doing with my own spiritual walk.
In our spiritual walk, we can’t do it alone. We need guidance and direction. In trying to be healthy, we can’t do it alone. We need guidance and direction. I was flipping through the Today devotional to see who had written it, two pastors for the months of May and June. Both pastors were had been in the ministry for a number of years. Looking at Strength Training Anatomy, the author is a long time weight lifter, editor of a European lifting magazine and award winning artist.
Guidance and direction in our spiritual journey as well in our journey for better health comes from those who have gone before us. It comes from those who encourage us and lead us and guide us. We need people to help cheer us on and help us know where to go in our spiritual journey.
IN the Book of Hebrews, there’s this great section that speaks of a Great Cloud of Witnesses (http://read.ly/Heb12.1.NIV). This Great Cloud is cheering us on as we keep our eyes upon Jesus, the one who we strive to be like in all that we do.
Who is cheering you on? Who is part of your Great Cloud of Witnesses? What books can you read that will help foster a healthy spiritual walk with God? What books can you read that will help you foster a healthy lifestyle? Who can you talk with to help guide you along your personal spiritual journey?