Have you made a New Year’s resolution for 2017?
Did you know the number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight? Health, fitness, and weight loss are important goals and helps us to feel better physically and mentally.
If you set a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and become more fit, the best way to achieve it is to set goals and milestones. Perhaps you will begin by running a few times a week, eating healthier snacks, and setting a long-term goal to run a 5K within a year. Following this plan you could become fit and strong for the new year.
Just imagine how much more beneficial it would be to set a New Year’s resolution to achieve spiritual fitness.
Spiritual fitness is achieving a closer relationship with God. To achieve spiritual fitness, you must run with perseverance the race marked out for you. I Timothy 4:7-8 says, “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 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.”
You can start by setting the following goals:
- Pray daily-Set aside a specific time each day to pray. It is best to find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Take the time to develop a personal relationship with Jesus.
- Spend time reading the Bible-Learn the Word of Jesus and write it on your heart.
- Join a Connect Group at Severn Run-Connect Groups allow you to do life with friends on a mission for Jesus. (Find a Connect Group)
- Serve the Lord-Join a ministry that allows you to use your specific talents to serve others. Discover your purpose for your time on Earth. (Find a Serving Spot)
Healthy relationships require commitment and training. In the same way you can train yourself to be godly, for godliness holds promise and value. Hebrews 12:1-2 says, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”