There’s a word used in Leviticus 3:1 – 17 that I base much of my superhero training on: Shalom. Shalom is a Hebrew word for peace. However, it’s a rich term that includes the idea that peace is made up of the following:
- Physical Health
- Emotional Well-being
- Spiritual Wholeness
- Material Prosperity
In other words, to have real peace in this world, one must be healthy in all those areas. This is easier said that done. The pursuit of peace is a life-long endeavor. Pursuing these four areas of peace are also much different that what the modern Western world emphasizes.
Building Your Support Team
When Bruce Wayne decided to become Batman, he sought out a number of teachers. Some (like Ted Grant and Master Kirgi) taught him fighting skills. Others (like Henri Ducard) taught him tracking and hunting skills.
If Bruce Wayne sought teachers, then so should you.
Everyone’s support team will be different. But I encourage you to build your team around those four areas of shalom (physical, emotional, spiritual, and financial well-being).
Here are some of the teachers I’ve sought out.
- Physical Health (Exercise): Camp Gladiator
- Physical Health (Nutrition): Weight Watchers
- Emotional Health: John Baker
- Spiritual Health: Rick Warren
- Financial Health: Dave Ramsey
One last thought about self-improvement. Self-improvement involves change, which is always difficult. Self-improvement requires discipline.
Discipline is an interesting word. It comes from the Latin word “discipulus” which means pupil. Disciple also comes from this same Latin word.
Thus, the concepts of discipline and disciple are very closely tied together. To me, to be a student means to model ourselves after someone or something. It’s a practice; a life-style change.
Change is not easy. But neither is staying stuck where we are for the rest of our lives with our hurts, hang-ups, and habits.
What I like about discipline is that it lowers the unspiritual thoughts and tendencies (the urges) within ourselves. Discipline hardens us, like iron, and makes us better.
How To Train
So how do you train these four areas?
Check out books by the folks I mentioned above to start.
The key is to do something everyday that improves yourself in these areas. It doesn’t matter so much what you do, rather, that you just do SOMETHING.
Start small. There’s always something you can do to better yourself. And if you’re not sure where or how to start, send me a message. I’ll help point you in a direction.