And he [Abram] divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and defeated them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.
I am amazed to see some of the things that younger women do today. On any given day in my neighborhood, I see young moms jogging behind strollers holding a toddler or a baby or two, and I think, wow!
She is really disciplined and focused! How in the world does she have the energy for that, when I know from personal experience how much work awaits her at home? Caring for a home and a family, and possibly a husband and a career, is no small task, but this young lady must be highly motivated by something to expend her precious time and energy on running. I am impressed.
Perhaps her motivation is stress relief, or maybe it is physical health...maybe she wants to provide a good example to her children...maybe she uses her running as a way to connect to God...whatever it is, I submit to you that whatever is motivating her is a powerful force!
The Apostle Paul teaches,
“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
We understand how to begin the journey to physical fitness, and looking around us, we see that what the end result of our efforts is...the beautiful body, the glowing good health. We want that.
But spiritual fitness is far more important, and that path is far less clear. We have so few examples of what it ultimately looks like to be a Christian woman in America today. There are examples out there, but it takes effort to find them.
We have to search.
But it is important to make the effort, because spiritual training, spiritual fitness is so critical in our world and our communities today.
Besides being in the Word, being a woman of prayer, and being a part of a Bible teaching church, how do we improve our spiritual fitness?
3 ways to improve spiritual fitness:
- Find a female spiritual mentor, someone who is more spiritually mature than you. Look for the fruit of the spirit in her life (Galatians 5). Look also to see if she could be described by the same qualities as is listed in Titus 2:3-5:
“Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.”
It is best to pray for the Holy Spirit to lead you to that woman. Ask her if she would be willing to meet with you to help your spiritual fitness.
- Be a female spiritual mentor. Ask God to open your eyes and heart to a woman or two who might benefit from what you’ve learned. And then pray to be a Titus 2 woman and to live a life worthy of the calling to which you’ve been called.
“so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God”
- Spend as much time with others as possible, pouring out all the wisdom and riches with which Christ has entrusted you. Honor your parents, love your husband, nurture and train your children, serve others with joy.
Our motivation is a powerful force: the God of the universe calls us into battle and we must be fit. We must be a trained force in order to partner with God. Let us begin now.
How are you training to become spiritually fit?