I Need a “Spirical”

A What?

I need a spirical. You mean you don’t know what that is? A spirical is the spiritual version of a physical – hence, spiri – cal. The problem is that the last time I checked, my insurance policy doesn’t cover such a thing (unless it’s covered under psychiatric care).

Yes, I need a spirical, just like (well, almost like) the actual physical I received yesterday.

The Physical

Do I really need to go into a lot of detail about my physical? Some of it could be rather embarrassing, you know. Because even though I try to be as transparent as possible, there is such a thing as TMI (too much information). Nevertheless, let’s see what I can do.

My examiner for this round of embarrassment was a nice young woman (they keep getting younger) named Dr. Natalie McQueen. She was very professional, too, and never once laughed at how out of shape I am (which I appreciated).  No, all she did was off-handedly mention that exercise and diet modification might help lower my triglycerides.

depressorsThe typical physical includes much of the following…

  • Blood work
  • Checking one’s weight
  • Checking blood pressure
  • Listening to the heart, lungs, and bowels.
  • Checking reflexes and looking for nerve issues
  • Checking the eyes, ears, nose, and throat
  • Getting undressed and putting on a scratchy gown that opens to the back (the rest I will leave to your imagination).

It was when I was on my way home, feeling violated, yet relieved my report was good, that I started thinking about how we Christians should have annual spiritual check-ups.

The Spirical

Who better to give a spirical than God? What, you want pastor or counselor doing that kind of thing? Are you crazy? They’re not the Doctors; they’re just the receptionists, the P.A.’s, and the nurses. If you want a REAL examination of your spiritual self, you need to go straight to the Specialist of Specialists and let Him get to work.

If you think I’m a little crazy with all this spirical talk, then you must also think poor Job and King David were off their rockers…

  • Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity. – Job 31:6
  • Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. – Psalm 139:23-24
  • Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. – Psalm 26:2

One reason people shy away from getting an annual physical is because they don’t want to hear any bad news. They live their lives with abandon, then expect the doctor to examine them and declare them healthy.

Could it be that we rarely hear of spiritual check-ups because so few of us want to be weighed, searched, tried, examined, and proven by the only One who can see through our excuses and bad habits?

Maybe we like being unhealthy.




Filed under Christian Living, fitness

10 responses to “I Need a “Spirical”

  1. Great post! I’ve added a new word to my vocabulary 😃

  2. We avoid learning the state of our spiritual health just like we do the physical. Who wants bad news? More….who wants to change our habits?

  3. Although I agree with Andy, Wally, and you Anthony; I think that it might be less traumatic if we did a spirical daily. I’ve included Psalm 139:23-24 in my morning prayer time for quit some time now.

  4. I would also include “temple maintenance” here (sorry, it’s the nurse in me) because our physical and spiritual and mental states really are not so easily separated and effect each other more than we care to admit. (I’m pointing to myself here, as I sit on the couch, in AC, and my bicycle in the garage…but it is, after all, inching up to triple digits here…whine, whine, whine…)

  5. Great Topic!
    A few years back I decided I needed two spiritual check-ups a year. I figured a couple of “Spiritual” church camp retreats would work but they mostly keep you busy and try to challenge. They are good and I still go, but not enough. Being blind to myself and my own inner motives I felt an ongoing accountability group would work well. It can and does but It’s still not enough. I am open to more suggestions. I find being in the Word daily, keeping a good prayer life and getting alone for some extended times with the Lord are helpful (and having an honest wife is good as well).

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