When we joined our gym, I signed up to work with a trainer. In part, I was motivated by concern that I would do some exercise improperly and negate all the progress I’d made in physical therapy to recover from the fracture in my ankle. But I also knew that the accountability of having to check in with someone on a regular basis would help keep me motivated.

It’s been effective. I have a long way to go on my fitness journey, but when I consider procrastinating, I imagine having to look Jeremy in the eye at my next appointment and it strengthens my resolve. When I work out with him, he encourages me, corrects my form, and pushes me to go further than I could go on my own.

As nice as it is to have a physical trainer, I find it even more crucial to have a spiritual trainer, too. Our souls can get soft and unresponsive, too, unless we exercise them with worship, study, and praise. I’m blessed to have a lot of people in my life – many of them here at Westchester Lutheran – who encourage me to grow in the Word, who lovingly correct me if I step off the Lord’s path, and who push me to use all the gifts God has given me to His glory. To know I can turn to these trainers for prayer or advice, in trial or in joy, gives me strength and inspires me to continue to grow as a child of God. And because of their support, I dare to reach further than I might otherwise.

When was your last spiritual workout? Are you always training, always growing in God’s purpose for your life? Perhaps working with a trainer would help. Join a Bible study. Invite a friend to coffee and share from the soul. Start a dinner-table conversation about faith. Let’s challenge ourselves to do more, for ourselves, our community, and our Lord. And let’s do it together.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:23-25