“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
“If we walk one step toward God, God will run ten steps toward us.” -Anonymous
Lent begins tomorrow.
As a pastor preparing for this season, coming up with themes and ways to engage the congregation to have a meaningful Lenten season can also mean that I forget to find ways to have a meaningful Lenten season for myself.
Actually, being a pastor means that a lot of times, I forget to tend to my own spiritual needs and spiritual life with God.
I mean, I pray… a lot… for other people and for the world. That’s good, right?
I mean, I’m busy…a lot…navigating a healthy and busy church, and 10,000 things that I really care about and love about what I do.
I mean, I’m planning a wedding…and it feels like the spare moments I do have need to be spent there, figuring out what in the world I want, need to do, making sure everyone will be happy…
I mean, I take time with God as I prepare worship and sermons… isn’t that enough?
There are lots of jokes out there right now kind of mocking those who would take this season of Lent to “start their diet plan,” and I know I am one of those folks who work best within a framework and timeline to give up sweets etc.
But as I reflecting on myself and Lent and what is missing in my life these days, it really is exercise and remembering my health journey. I was slow and steady for so many years and had reached a place of health and maintaining a good balance. I’ve definitely lost that balance in my life for many reasons…but along with that was my time to connect with God for myself. The discipline of walking/running/exercise was also my time to sync my body with my faith and prayer and God…and it’s been missing for a while.
I need to get it back.
So, this Lenten season, I’m committing to some form of exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. It doesn’t always have to be strenuous or sweaty. It just needs to be constant. I’m also really scared that I’ve just committed to something that will be really difficult to follow through with…but I’m doing this.
I’m hoping this will also be my constant way to check-in with God every day about my own spiritual health as well…and hopefully both the physical and spiritual health will grow stronger each day.
I’m publicly writing/sharing this because it keeps me accountable to it.