Stay strong with spiritual exercise

Q. How can I be more consistent in my life as a Christian? Almost every day, I start out with good intentions, but then I end up acting the same way.

A few weeks ago, I watched part of the Olympic Games. I've always enjoyed watching and I always marvel at the discipline and ability of these gifted athletes.

One thing that particularly impressed me this year was the absolute concentration of the participants. The crowd might be roaring ... their fellow competitors might be jostling for position ... the television lights threatened to blind them ... but once the contest started, they focused totally on the task before them.

How can you stay spiritually alert and strong? First, strengthen your spiritual life. Just as an athlete takes care of his or her body with the right exercise and food, so we need the right spiritual exercise and food: prayer, the Bible and fellowship.

Then keep your eyes on Jesus. When our focus is on him, the distractions begin to fade.