Time for a check up on my bigger goals. Let’s re-examine the goals on June 4:
Personally, I want to feel rested, trim, fit, and ready for a marathon fall. I also want to experience gelassenheit.
Whoa, you say. What’s that?
Gelassenheit means yieldedness or submission to God and to community. It was a favorite word of the Anabaptists (original name of both Mennonites and Amish). It can also mean “letting go.”
In other words, I want to work hard and play hard and underneath all the effort, I want to rest in the everlasting arms of God.
What can I report?
Think about the time in your life when you felt most physically fit. Perhaps you played on a sports team and had to run laps or do free weights or work out in a gym. No love handles. No little muffin hanging over the belt. Better yet, the feeling of having a spring in your step, light in your eyes, and no excess baggage.
Can we recapture that feeling? Sure. We may not be able to have the same toned body, years after our most fit self becomes a memory only, but we can recapture the feeling if we do even a few things on this list:
- Move every day
- Eat mostly vegetables, fruits, and proteins
- Avoid refined sugars and processed foods whenever possible
I actually follow this regimen fairly well and feel good on it. However, as a way to step up my game, I’ve decided to exercise a little more and be even more careful about diet. I want to drop those extra five pounds that keep me from feeling fit, and I want to improve both my strength and flexibility. So, I spent an hour at the gym this morning and plan to go back three days a week in addition to taking a daily walk of 3-5 miles.
That may seem rigorous to some and like a piece of cake (ahem!) to others. But my body seems to enjoy a little challenge, and so I’m going for it. By telling you, I make myself more vulnerable and accountable. I’m picking Independence Day, July 4, as the day to report back. I don’t want to see the number 4 on the scales. 🙂
I said above that I want to go deeper into Gelassenheit. I want to listen to God, yield to divine love, in the following ways:
- Pray and read spiritual texts every day. Finish my chronological reading of the New Testament.
- meditate 20 minutes at least five days/week. (Think of it as resting in the arms of God).
- listen for God’s voice and God’s face through encounters with people
I’ve been engaging in most of these practices all along also. I just want to be more regular and faithful.
So, today’s New Beginning was to use every piece of gym equipment that you see above. And now I’m off to reading, prayer, and meditation. I have almost 150 entries in the 100 Day Challenge to read first — so many of you to hold in the light.
Do you know how beautiful you already are? I hope so.
May today bring you closer to your own physical and spiritual goals. Chart one of them here for the 100 Day Challenge.