As a trainer for the last two decades (side bar- I feel old just typing that), I have noticed a huge correlation between my faith walk and my fitness walk. In both arenas, it’s easy to feel the need to be perfect and as a result become discouraged when that perfection stays out of reach. We can “should” ourselves to death with the things we should do spiritually as well as physically.
Don’t lose sight of the real goal here folks. The goal is not perfection because, let’s face it, we can’t be. The goal is improvement and that is something that’s within reach for all of us. Do you read scripture? No, okay then there are a dozen phone apps out there that will send you a verse on a daily basis. Is it perfect? No but it’s better than what you were getting before right? Do you get your heart rate up regularly? No, okay then try adding 100 kettlebell swings into your day. I know that sounds like a lot but it really doesn’t take any time at all. You’d invest five, maybe ten minutes in doing that once you know how to swing properly. Do you pray daily? No? Okay then try doing it while you do something else on the regular. I’m betting that you shower regularly. Try praying while you’re in there. Do you strength train regularly? No? Try doing five minutes of Bear crawls.
And looking at these suggestions, yes there is a ton of things that you can do that would be “better”. But every journey, every walk has to begin somewhere. So while the above suggestions are small steps, they are still steps. And a small step is more progress than staying parked on the couch both physically and spiritually. I hope this didn’t come across as preachy. But it’s a thought process that’s been helpful for me personally and I wanted to share.