The start of every year brings an influx of people to gyms and health clubs. Having resolved to lose weight and/or get into shape, a few for the first time, though many are repeat offenders, the intention to change is genuine, but what usually happens? After a few weeks (sometimes a very few) “stuff” begins to interfere. Work ramps up. The kids start or resume an extracurricular activity, the spouse who was supportive in the beginning becomes less so, especially if there are any hints dropped about it becoming a family affair. I’m sure you can add to the list. So, with no real thought we give ourselves license to miss a session or two while the idea of everyone else eating pizza while we try to choke down one more Lean Cuisine becomes intolerable. And life without pastries isn’t really living, right? Soon the only remnants of the gym are the workout clothes piled in the back of the closet and that automatic dues deduction we agreed to from our bank account every month.
Because modes of thinking are contagious the same thing happens in our spiritual life. We read a book or hear a speaker which energizes us in the moment, and we vow to follow a new path. What happens? Gym Think. After a time, the old manner and habits of living reassert themselves and we drift back into old familiar ways of thinking and living. Then a new book or teacher catches our attention and the cycle begins anew.
There is a fundamental difference however between physical and spiritual exercise. The day will come for all when this physical shell will have reached its sell by date, regardless of how many hours we spend working out and/or eating right. However, our essential nature, soul if you prefer, is eternal. So, decide today to place your feet on the path of spiritual growth and let no future vicissitude shake your resolve and when Gym Think creeps in, and it will for it happens to everyone, reject it by turning to God as you understand Him for strength and guidance. Just for today demonstrate prayer and meditation in your life, as if your life depended on it, for in truth it does, and be of service to others, even if that is simply picking up some trash on the street or dropping a quarter in an expired parking meter saving someone from a ticket and make sure you keep these acts to yourself, between you and the Miraculous. Oh, and laying off the pastries coupled with a 30-minute walk 3 or 4 times a week, plenty of water and a good multivitamin can’t hurt. Just sayin.
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