My friend Jennifer wrote a great post about her efforts to become more physically fit and her attempt to tend to her spiritual health as well. Finding balance in this life is hard–whether you’re a mom or a mogul. The distractions of the world are always beckoning, and spiritual pursuits can fall by the wayside.
In recent posts here, I have talked about my own attempts to become more physically healthy. So far, I am forging ahead with my walking efforts, and eventually, I hope to be running part of the time. However, I have really allowed my spiritual exercises to wane over the past couple of years. I pray quite a bit because there is just so much to pray for in this life. But reading Scripture and listening to good teaching hasn’t been as much a part of my life as I would like.
So in an attempt to feed my mind with some spiritual food today, when I was going out for my walk, I dug up my husband’s old sermon tapes from his years as a pastor. Yes. I said tapes–cassettes–you know that horribly ancient and inferior technology. We don’t have a lot of Mark’s sermons on mp3s or even cds, but that’s ok. We don’t have a great mp3 player or cd walkman either. But I do have my old cassette walkman from the Dollar General. I popped the tape into the walkman, and, well, I walked. I was so encouraged by Mark’s sermon on Luke 8:19-24, that I am planning to go through all the sermon tapes we have. I was struck by how I have not taken advantage of this great resource for biblical teaching that I have in my own house. And, while I love my husband’s preaching and teaching, we also have many other recorded sermons and lectures with lots of biblical content. So it may take me a while to get through all that we have! (Sidenote: some of Mark’s sermons and articles and articles by other good teachers/pastors can be found here.)
God used my friend Jennifer’s post to convict me of my need to find ways to make spiritual pursuits a more consistent part of my life. Then, when I listened to Mark’s sermon, I was convicted of how I don’t appreciate how blessed I am (and we as a Christians in the US are) to have so many good Christian resources at our fingertips. I should be so much more a woman of theWord than I am when there are so many ways for me to receive teaching available to me. So I am praying that I will be more bathed in Scripture and that my life will reflect back Christ to the world more than it has.
Honestly, I have spent my entire life surrounded by Christians and good teaching, and I have always struggled with making the time to read the Bible and pray regularly. So this is nothing new. But it seems that just as I have to keep picking myself up off the ground regarding my physical nurturing, I need to keep doing the same with spiritual pursuits. Thankfully, God is gracious to forgive us our sins. He always welcomes us to Himself with open arms. Repent, be forgiven, and live for Christ. This is the pattern of the Christian life–isn’t it?