Checking Your Air 
Monday, May 1, 2006, 02:35 PM - Extra Christy
Akron, Ohio has a legacy of rubber in general and tires in particular. I remember getting into fights in elementary school over which company made better tires. I was reminded of this reading a column in the local paper discussing the frequency of checking air pressure in tires. In other cities, I imagine a sentence would do: “Check tire pressure monthly to ensure it matches the auto maker's specifications.” In Akron, it took a full page newspaper column. We still like talking tires.

Keeping tires at the right air pressure decreases tread wear and increases gas mileage: you can go farther with less wear and tear. It is one of those simple things we should do, but don't. We let slow leaks and changing conditions build up until we have less air than we need, and both our tire tread and engine have to work harder to move us where we need to go.

In Greek and Hebrew the word for Spirit is the same word for breath and wind. I wish I had a gauge for the proper amount of Spirit in me, the manufacturer's recommended amount. I know at times I'm low because it takes more energy to get moving where God wants me to go, and I get worn out, “weary of well doing” a lot sooner than I should.

Prayer, fasting, worship, retreat are all good places to get some air, catch your breath, refill your spirit. As a preventative maintenance practice, church services, a regular Bible study, or prayer groups are good places to check a spirit level. Just like one of the first meetings of the faithful recorded in the Bible:

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
— Acts 4:31

A recommend spiritual maintenance schedule for those going on a long faith journey is 1 hour out of the day, 1 day out of a week, 1 week out of a year, and 1 year out of 7, (a sabbatical.) Like monthly tire pressure checks, not everyone, (okay, almost no one), follows this schedule strictly, but any attention to the matters of the spirit is much better than no attention and will help make your faith journey less tiring.

Hope you have many happy miles before you on the highway to heaven—

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