It’s one of my favorite times of the year: baseball season is on the horizon.  Players have reported to Spring Training in either Florida or Arizona, and exhibition games have started.  Just yesterday, I listened in on the Cardinals playing against Florida Atlantic University.  As you can imagine, against a college team, the overwhelming majority of the names that were playing were ones that are not going to be on the everyday roster.  Regardless, it was baseball, and it was the St. Louis Cardinals.  So, I was happy just listening – even more so when they scored 12 runs in the bottom of the 8th.

In the Christian church, it is the season of Lent.  Lent is a time of preparation, a time to reflect on life and repent of sin as we prepare for the celebration of Easter.  In some ways, it’s a lot like Spring Training.  Perhaps we have let our focus slip, and we need to get back into our spiritual training.

It’s easy to slip into patterns of apathy in our spiritual life.  All it takes is a few busy weeks here and there, a late Saturday night, an out-of-town family function, and next thing you know, you haven’t been in worship in a month, you haven’t read your Bible in longer, and you can’t remember the last time your prayer was something more than a brief thought on your drive to work.  You’ve been in a bit of an offseason, but now it’s time to report for Spring Training.

So, what are you doing to train spiritually?  Are you taking the time to be intentional about your spiritual life?  What are some habits that you can develop that will help you grow?

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