My cardiologist must like me - a couple years ago he said to me, "Let's start getting together twice each year instead of just once!" When we had our visit this past week. he asked me how much I was walking each week. This, I figured, was a good thing - he was not talking about my weight (this time). When I told him I was walking about 4-7 miles each week, he replied, "Not enough. You need to be walking at least 10 miles each week."
Busted ... or not quite? A moment or two later I happened to mention the Fit-bit that I wear, and that more days than not, I reach my goal of 10,000 steps. A smile appeared on his face as he said, "That changes everything. Keep that up and you will be doing alright."
This week, after leading my facilitating an FHL group on Tuesday morning, I drove to Frankenmuth for our spring Pastors' Conference. The speaker was not one I was looking forward to. Fortunately, my time in the 'homeland' was more worthwhile than I expected! I knew I would enjoy the time spent with long-time pastor friends and Monica's family (where I stayed overnight), but I actually came away with quite a few notes and some ideas that needed to ferment.
So I was glad that I had scheduled a 24 hour retreat at the cottage. Sometimes my best thinking takes place while raking leaves, and, this time, hanging drapes. Today I did enough thinking to make my cardiologist smile ... when I finally sat down at the end of the day, my step count was over 36,200! Yes, my cardiologist would be pleased.
As I walked, I was thinking more about spiritual health than how many steps I was taking. A part of me was rejoicing ... over the fact that it is much easier to maintain spiritual health than physical health. Another part of me, though, was grieving ... because so many people who are taking good care of their bodies ignore the simple things that address the more important issue - their spiritual health.
In order to help people monitor their spiritual health more closely, STL is undertaking what we are calling the "New T: 1-K" initiative. Our goal is to help 1,000 people read the entire New Testament through a daily reading plan. "God's powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what." (Hebrews 4.12-13) Or, to expand the paraphrase, a regular intake of God's Word in our lives is more important to each and every one of us than anything my Fit-bit will ever measure!
What about you? What are you doing about your spiritual health ... that is, your eternal life with Jesus? My prayer is that you will read some of the messages below, and give me a call. As someone who truly cares about your health, I will be pleased.