Wednesday, August 28, 2013
When I read today's daily devotional that my denomination sends out to subscribers I immediately thought of the blogs and posts that I often see (and post myself!) on Spark about days or even weeks, months and years in which we don't live up to our healthy living aspirations. Posts about missed exercise sessions, fast food meals, binging, failure to track nutrition, keep in touch, etc.
I try to think of these as learning opportunities. The difference, I think, between a "diet" and a "healthy living plan" is that a diet is a list of rules and healthy living is a learning process. When I find myself missing my exercise, rather than beating myself up, I can make a plan for how to avoid that in the future - change my exercise time, or change to an exercise I enjoy more. When I find myself eating something I don't want to admit to on my food tracker, I can take that opportunity to figure out how and why I had that craving and make a plan for the next time I feel that way.
Anyway, here's the prayer that brought on this chain of thought:
May your Spirit move in and out of the imperfections. Where there are flaws, let there be grace.
Written by Martin B. Copenhaver, Senior Pastor of Village Church, United Church of Christ, in Wellesley, Massachusetts.