My doctor told me a couple of years ago that I needed to do more than just run five miles a day. Here I thought I was doing so well, I mean, running every day! I told him, “But, my only bad habit is coffee, what do I need to add strength training for?” He gave me that knowing look, the one he always gives me when we talk about “bad” habits, and said that it had nothing to do with coffee. I am getting older, he said, and I needed to be sure my bones are getting a work out too. I need to be sure they are strong. So, three days a week, I do strength training after going to his recommended trainer to help me establish a routine.
I went and listened about how important stretching is and how I should be sure to stretch first and then I learned a routine that will strengthen my bones-mostly arms it seems to me. I do this routine pretty faithfully, except the stretching. I’ve never been good at taking the time to stretch. So, theoretically, now my bones are stronger. I have no idea, but I’ve never broken a major one. I’ve had fingers and toes broken by some too close encounters with uncooperative horses, but never a major bone. I think it’s the coffee.
I know there are other places where I need strength training. I’m still working on a writing space so I can practice strength training in my writing. I keep my Bible handy to practice strength training with reading scripture. I have daily reminders I try not to ignore to practice strength training in my prayer life. I’m thinking about other areas of my life where I need some strength training. I’m taking this season of Lent to contemplate and pray and act on the things that are important to God- to strength train my spirit and soul.
…but let those who boast boast in this, that they understand and know me, that I am the Lord; I act with steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, say the Lord. Jeremiah 9:24