FORT LEE, Va. (March 12, 2015) -- Every year, professional baseball teams go through a ritual called spring training. It’s usually a two-week period with intense batting and fielding drills and a few practice games to get the players ready for the upcoming season. Just like any other sport, these athletes must hone their skills, all of which are perishable without sufficient practice.

Every religious faith has a time of “spiritual spring training” as well. No, they don’t always happen in the season of Spring, per se, but they are focused on inner-reflection and renewing one’s beliefs.

Muslims have the discipline of Ramadan, for example. Jewish believers practice 10 days of repentance before Yom Kippur. And traditionally minded Christians demonstrate their “love of the game” during the 40 days of Lent. This is a time when they reflect on their lives and practice the disciplines of fasting, prayer, introspection and alms giving.

During these days leading up to Easter, Christians should consider the following questions: What sort of spring training have I taken up? Has my life modeled the good news of Jesus this past year? How was my “spiritual RBI” that is measured by words, thoughts and deeds? I know I’m nowhere near a 100-percent average, so I make it a point to renew the skills that have perished with a bit of spring training.

To my fellow believers in the Christian faith, I encourage you to pick up a spiritual spring training ritual of your own, “for bodily exercise profits little, but godly discipline is profitable for all things,” as the Bible cites in Timothy 4:8.

And coaching is available … just come out to the “practice games” in the form of multiple religious activities that have been scheduled around the celebration of Easter. They include the Living Last Supper reenactment on April 1 (see story on Page 8), the Easter Sunrise Service on April 5, 7 a.m., 1st Logistics Memorial, and the Fort Lee Prayer Luncheon on April 23, 11:30 a.m., at the Lee Club. Additional information about each of these events will appear in upcoming editions of the Traveller.

Remember; our spring training may not be as grueling as that of the major baseball leagues, but it is equally important. In the end, we will be more spiritually resilient and, by the grace of God, better team players.