The Inner Adventure Part 2

I just finished my first triathlon of the year.  It was a sprint triathlon so it was a good start for the training for the year.  Overall, I did great and came in third in my age group!  However, my tri training was nothing new, but what was new was the strength training I have been doing.  I have been working on building my muscles and my core and those really showed during the race.

We all have core muscles and when they are strong, we are strong.  However, when our core becomes weak, we become weak all over.  We have to strengthen our core in life if we are to live the adventure we were designed to live.  Last week we talked about strengthening our emotional and physical health.  This week we are going to talk about relational and spiritual health.  We must focus on keeping all four of these core areas strong if we want to live our adventure to the fullest.

Relational Health

  1. Relational health cannot be measured easily by ourselves.  The best way to measure our relational health is with an outside perspective, however, many of us do not have that, so we can use questions to help us gauge our relational health:

  2. Do you seek to blame other people and situations, or do you take responsibility?  

  3. Do you often say, “That is just the way I am!!”

  4. Do you have the same problems over and over with different people?

  5. These questions are not to find fault, but to find a fix and start us on the road to fix the problem.  We must evaluate our honest answers to these questions if we really want to gauge our relational health.  If we have someone we trust, we should show them our answers to these questions and let them give us honest feedback.  Relational unhealthiness will affect those who live with us or those closest to us.  Plus, we usually pass those unhealthy traits to our children.

Spiritual Health

  1. Since we are being honest, let’s answer these questions about ourselves: “Are we trying to do our life alone?”  As men, we often try to muscle our way through things and too often we fall into the trap of thinking we should not need anyone else.  However, the truth remains that most men will crash and burn to try to do things by themselves.  We need a higher power!  We cannot make it on our own.  History speaks about men who tried to do things all by themselves and almost all of them crashed and burned.

  2. Higher power does not mean we are weak, it means we recognize that we do not know everything.  The best athletes in the world all have a coach.  Someone who will speak truth to them and seek for them to succeed.  We need that in our lives!  We need a higher power who will coach us and focus on us succeeding.   We need the truth that will transform us so we can live the adventure we were designed to live.  Why should we try to live our lives on our own?

Our core muscles in the physical body are so very important to our overall health.  The four areas of an inner adventure: Emotional Health, Physical Health, Relational Health, and Spiritual Health are the core components of us living an incredible adventure that changes our lives and impacts our world.

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