For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8
How many of you get an annual physical at your doctor? If you don't you should. This helps maintain an awareness of how we are doing health wise and perhaps things we need to look out for. Many times things can be nipped in the bud, so to speak, if you find out about them early on.Our spiritual fitness is important probably even more than our physical health. This is not to say you have license to go overeat and become obese and get a host of medical problems that come along with ignoring physical fitness, but only to emphasize that staying in spiritual health and getting daily tune ups is essential for growing in Christ and warding off attacks from the enemy, Satan.At the start of each new year is a good time to begin new habits. If you are lazy when it comes to the discipline of time alone with God then why not take inventory and see what you need to do to make Him and His word really come alive in your heart and life. I am not saying in a ritualistic way of simply attending weekly church or a Bible class or prayer group, which are all worthy, but of going beyond to strengthen yourself in knowing the word of God. Keeping grounded in God's word is good when you face all sorts of trials that may come your way. Take your Bible with you to coffee shops or on the airplane if you travel. Do not be ashamed to get it out and read and study it.Maybe to do this you may have to turn off the morning show on television. Put off checking your Facebook status first thing in the morning. Perhaps you will need to set your alarm to get up earlier so you have time with Him before leaving home each day. Whatever it is commit to spiritual fitness in 2015 and beyond.PRAYER: Lord many times I do everything else but sit down to be still long enough to pray and read your word. I want that to stop. I choose to not make excuses and to do what is necessary to grow in Christ. In Jesus' name. Amen.