Monday, 25 October 2010
Who of us has not fallen, time and time again? Each and every day presents us with new challenges, new obstacles, new walls in our way -- and sometimes, it can be a bit too much and we crumble under the pressure.
We tend to rely on our own strength to get us through the dogged routines of our every day lives. We believe that we just need to get a little more rest, eat some more food, drink multiple vitamins, get enough exercise, (insert other healthy living item here) and we'll be alright.
All those things are well and good, to be sure, and will help us go about everything that we need to do in this world.
But as believers in Christ, I believe that many of us forget one essential thing -- we need to take time to nurture our faith!
Growing up, we are taught how to respond to all our physical needs. We spend so much time taking care of our physical appearance and condition that we sometimes overlook faith. Many of us figure that, since we attend church on a regular basis, we're doing alright in that department. But the truth is, faith requires more than just the attendance of mass.
When you take the time to care about your life as a faithful believer, it requires basically two things - cultivating a personal relationship with the Lord and remaining obedient to His commands. Just as taking care of the physical requires some effort, taking care of faith requires your participation as well.
But it is something that we must learn to make a habit out of. Nurturing our faith and allowing it to grow will spark a transformation in us unlike any other -- God will become a stronger presence in our lives. Faith is what keeps us from crumbling in the face of difficulties; it's also what keeps hope and love alive in each one of us.
Can we stand firm if we only care for the physical aspect? Yes, of course, on a worldly basis. You should, in fact, take good care of the physical self.
Is it necessary to care for our spiritual well-being? Definitely. Our faith gives us a much stronger foundation to stand on, allowing us to surpass all and any challenges by the grace of God.
So, when you care for yourself, don't just think of the physical -- remember the spiritual too.
Do you take the time to care about your spiritual well-being, as well as the physical?