I have entered that time of life when the "middle ages" have a different meaning. I have come to think that it refers less to an era of time or a time of life than it does to the middle of the body. All the weight that was spread throughout my body all my life, has now decided to settle on the equator. I used to be able to exercise for a couple of weeks, eat a bit healthier, and see that weight redistribute itself to its appropriate latitude and longitude!
These days, it seems that the more I walk and eat nutritious food, the more stubborn the battle is for middle ground--if you know what I mean? Continental drift has a new definition as well! :o)
I have noticed the same is true for things of the spiritual life. In the past, it seemed that if I felt I was "settling" in my relationship with God, a few days of intensified reading of Scripture and a few added minutes of prayer would set things back into proper order. The fire would rekindle, and all was well.
Lately, I have noticed the need for my effort. Not that I am trying to "work" to please God. I'm just noticing that additional reading and prayer are good, but not quite enough. There is a deeper longing in my heart to return to the intimate relationship I know God wants, and a healthier lifestyle of letting Him be God in my life as He desires.
There is a spirituality called the "Ignatian Spirituality," which is worked out in "Spiritual Exercises." As I wrote in my last post, there can be a Christian life of "coasting along in the rowboat," but progress is made by taking up the oars. Whether I walk the way of the Ignatians or forge along another path, the important thing is to never get settled in the middle ground.
Physical fitness requires a discipline of mind, body, and eating habits. So too, spiritual fitness requires a discipline of mind, body, spirit, and eating habits.
Let's get moving!