What is Spiritual Fitness?

twins in sunglassesI was stretched to my limit. I needed help to be more flexible! I needed creativity and wisdom in pursuing a greater level of “fitness.” What exactly am I talking about?

Actually I am not talking about physical fitness, stretching exercises or Pilates. I am talking about a time when I kept both sets of twin grandkids. (yes, two 2 year olds and two 4 year olds.) It’s a good thing that I am physically strong (thank you, Body & Soul.) I can push a quad stroller –(yes, they make them,) leap across the room in a single bound (super grandmom?) to break up a “misunderstanding,” and run after all 4 little ones at the nearby playground. (not necessarily running in the same direction!) But I needed more than that—I needed spiritual fitness—wisdom beyond my mind’s ability, and creativity and flexibility to lovingly deal with whatever might happen next with these adorable, unpredictable little ones!

I am so glad that I’m doing “spiritual strength training” in Body & Soul! In our classes we actually encourage people to pursue “spiritual fitness.” I’m not talking about checking off a to-do list for being spiritual.  Spiritual fitness is a process, a pursuit. In our classes you hear spiritual messages in the music. You hear encouraging spiritual “nuggets” and verses from the Bible shared by your instructor. Listen. Consider. Talk to your fellow students. Ask questions. Have a cup of coffee with your instructor and ask her about her story.  All this is a pursuit of spiritual fitness.

One thing I can tell you about spiritual fitness is this–from personal experience I know that when my soul gets “fitter” I experience more peace, less stress. When I am growing in spiritual fitness I feel stronger mentally and emotionally so I can face the challenges of the day—whether it is active little ones or something much harder than that.  And just like physical fitness, spiritual fitness is a daily, ongoing process. We get weaker spiritually when we don’t focus on it. This is a fact about spiritual fitness.

surrounded by the kidsIn Proverbs 19 verse 8 it says this: “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; he who cherishes understanding prospers.” For me, spiritual fitness involves constant pursuit of wisdom.  The more “wisdom” I get, the more my soul prospers and the more “spiritually fit” I feel.

What makes you feel more “spiritually fit?” What do you pursue that helps your soul prosper?  Let’s learn from each other as we all pursue spiritual fitness together. I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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