Walking with Jesus is the most important thing we do in this life. He is our guide and compass. He knows where we are going, and we must trust and follow Him. As we travel with Jesus, learn more about Him, and become more self-aware, we must adjust our journey. Some adjustments involve training spiritually, and some involve training physically.
I Timothy 4:6-10, “If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 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 thepresent life and the life to come. This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.” (NIV)
Training physically for our walk with God involves some sacrifice. We should not watch certain tv shows or movies and abstain from food or drink for a while. Sometimes we should sacrifice friends that lead us in the wrong direction. The point is that these activities influence our lives and spiritual walk. If we fill our minds with ungodly things, we will be distracted in our walk with Jesus.
How do we train and adjust spiritually on our journey with Jesus? Other than reading the Bible and praying, journaling can be essential. I have some friends who, when traveling, journal every evening. They note what was new, what they learned, what might have been upsetting, and what was exciting or fun. Months later, they can review the trip together and see it from each other’s perspectives.
It can be helpful to journal each day on your journey with God. Ask God to help you remember what was important, what was inspiring, and what was painful. Pay attention to what happened in your heart at each juncture. What caused you to be thankful and gave you energy and persistence? What was difficult?
Tracking these events on your journey with Jesus can help you see areas to adjust in your spiritual walk. It is essential to make these adjustments with a lot of patience and grace for yourself. Predetermine times to pray and reflect are also helpful. It is through prayer that God changes us, and we grow. If you mess up, start again as we aim to journey with Jesus, where we will adjust, grow and become more like Him.
God, give me the grace to keep my eyes on You.