2021 September/October

Dear Friends


About a month ago, we were challenged by members of our family to do the North Coast 500 virtually. We all log how far we have walked or run every day. During our recent holiday we managed to walk quite a bit. This spurred us on when returning home, to take getting fit more seriously. Last week, I bought a fitness tracker and a running belt. This week Brett and I have starting counting calories, in the aim of losing a few pounds; and next week, I intend to start doing the couch to 5K challenge again, with the aim of going back to Park Runs now they have re-opened.


All of this has made me ask the question, how spiritually fit am I? Do I put this much effort into running the race of life? Over the years, I have done many things to sustain my spiritual walk. Like you, I’ve read my Bible, prayed, been on retreats or away days, read Christian books and even watched some Christian TV. My pattern has changed as I have matured in my faith. I can remember as a new Christian being really eager, reading anything I could get my hands on, and going to every bible study group that was available, because I was so hungry to know more. That changed into wanting others to know more. The next change came during training as a minister. Theological training made me question why I believe what I believe. Do I believe because it was taught at Sunday School, preached from the pulpit, passed down from my parents, society or culture or because I have spent time working through different theological issues for myself?


So how spiritually fit am I? The bible teaches us that the race is not about speed, and it’s not about distance, it’s about perseverance, endurance, and keeping the faith.


Hebrews 12:1-3 ‘Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted’.


My spiritual practices may have changed over the years, but I continue to spend time with God. It’s healthy to ask the question, how fit am I, and it’s a good practice to analyse what my daily routine of spending time with God is, every now and again, and change it, if I feel that my time has become stale or not feeding me. I am at a point in my race where I need to change things again, I’m getting hungry and thirsty for more of God.


Spiritual fitness is the same as physical fitness, you have to be fit enough to complete the course. As Christians we are running the race of life. We have to be committed enough to run to the very end. There will be times when we are running short sprints and it feels easy. There will be times when it feels like we have been running for ages, and there will be other times when the running gets hard, when we run into difficulties and trials, and we need others cheering us on to keep going.


Hebrews encourages us, that no matter how long the race may be, we keep our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith”. There is joy awaiting. In the words of songwriters Twila and Starla Paris, Runner, when the race is won, you will run into His arms.”


How spiritually fit are you? Are you fit enough to persevere and finish the race?


May you continue to run the race, may the Holy Spirit give you everything you need to persevere and the courage to change your daily routine when needed.


Every blessing



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