Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Memorial of Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs
“Strive eagerly for the greatest spiritual gifts.” (1 Corinthians 12:31)
Though I try to work out five to seven days a week, every once in a while my husband and I together tackle a fitness routine. Maybe it’s a new video, a balance-ball routine or walking together when the weather is good. We’ll sustain the new routine until something happens to interrupt it: visitors, a trip, an illness. Then new routine goes forgotten until all the talk of physical fitness that is so commonplace in our culture piques our curiosity, and we’re off again!
There is much less public conversation about spiritual fitness, and I imagine somewhat fewer false starts related to spiritual routines. But while I usually keep my morning appointment with prayer, sometimes my attempts at spiritual fitness bear similarity to my efforts at physical fitness. I can journal with great effort for some months, and then I have to set it aside. I will follow a spiritual author with great passion, but then I run out of reading material. I’ll contemplate, practice lectio divina or find great peace in turning the pages of my favorite translation of the psalms.
In a cup-half-empty world, I could feel pretty bad about all of this, and I am my own worst critic. But today’s verse from 1 Corinthians reminds me that there is something in the striving, and I take heart from that message.
God, I trust that You draw us close to You in many ways.
Help me to look not so much for success in my striving,
but to appreciate that even my perseverance
is a gift from you. Amen.
Marketing and Public Relations Associate, Avera
1 CORINTHIANS 12:12-14, 27-31A • PSALM 10:1B-2, 3, 4, 5 • LUKE 7:11-17