When you step back and look at the big picture, what are the most important things in your life?
Now, think about these three things and what they have in common. There are certainly different aspects that link the three, but let’s focus on finding a commonality that matters…one you can impact.
God, Marriage & Muscles
Did you think of any common ground?
People tend to get lazy in any or all three of these areas of their lives. And for good reason. It’s hard to be a faith-filled spouse who stays in great shape.
This is certainly not something that we’re taught growing up and as we enter into each new stage of life.
We’re told God is real, and it seems like a deep faith should just come naturally. Everyone has a soul mate, so having a great marriage should be a snap, right?
And we all think our health is something to be taken for granted until, of course, we get a little older and start to gain weight and feel lethargic even as we try to keep our lifestyle as active as possible within a busy schedule.
It Doesn’t Have to Be This Way
So, we can all relate to being at less than our best in at least one of these three foundational areas of life. But the real question is:
So what are you going to do about it?
Whether you are looking to be more spiritual, love your wife a little better or lose that spare tire around your waist, the solution always starts with a first step. You have to actually decide that you want to do better and then do something about it.
The key to most of the important things in life is being proactive.
Depending on your beliefs, the idea of faith could have a lot of different connotations. As a Christian, my faith in God and the forgiving grace of Jesus is foundational, but it’s still tough to feel at times. Your faith life could be focused on a different path but, assuming you hold faith in something greater than yourself, we all face similar challenges.
Keeping your faith fresh and at the forefront of your mind requires effort. In my case, this means taking the time to pray, read the Bible, attend Church and participate in Sacraments that strengthen and renew my spirit. Your specific path may vary, but the idea is the same.
It’s easy to let your faith wane and grow complacent, but when you get proactive and actually do something to feel closer to God, you’ll see your faith flourish.
Making Your Marriage Matter
When we get married, it’s tough not to foresee a fairly tale story of wedded bliss. For many of us, the bliss is real and awesome, but it fades over time and requires real effort to sustain.
Love truly is a choice, and having a happy marriage amidst the chaos of adult life requires making the right decisions and setting the right priorities.
In many cases, the excitement of being married and living each day with our spouse gets overshadowed by all of the busyness of careers, children and other commitments of our time and energy. If you want to have an awesome marriage (and you should!), it requires making your spouse a top priority and acting like it.
If you invest just 15 minutes a day spending real, quality time with your husband or wife, you can have the marriage of your dreams. Of course, that’s easier to say than do and, again, a proactive mindset is required.
Fitting in Fitness
With crowded schedules and slowing metabolisms, so many of us find that our health starts to decline as we enter what should be the prime years of our lives. There’s a good chance that you’ve gained at least a few pounds since your early college years and probably not through any dramatic changes in your attitudes or actions.
Our fitness level just degrades by attrition, a little bit each month and year, if we aren’t focused on taking it in the other direction. It’s up to you to get up off your ass and exercise, and only you can decide what you eat.
The good news is that it’s not difficult to reach your fitness goals. With the right fitness program, you can invest just 20-30 minutes in your home and get the body you want and the energy you need.
You know what you need to do, and it’s up to you to go do something about it. It starts with an initial step in the direction you want to go.
It won’t be easy. But it will definitely be worth it. Take the step.