April 22, 2014 11:00 AM

The first day of fishing season is a tradition in western Pennsylvania and for many marks the “unofficial” start of the spring season.

The sight of the crane at Indiana Regional Medical Center working to erect steel for the Centennial Building Project is another vivid reminder that spring has arrived and the growth that this season brings.

After this past winter, we are all ready to get outside and participate in various activities. For me, canoeing, fly-fishing and spring gobbler hunting are activities that I look forward to to find some balance, refresh and refocus.

Creating time for rest and recreation is an important part of a healthy life.

The World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, social and spiritual wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

Walt Larimore, M.D., in his book “10 Essentials of Highly Healthy People,” has four wheels of health devoted to various aspects of good health including physical, emotional, relational and spiritual. Key to keeping your physical wheel from going flat is proper rest and recreation; the key to keeping your spiritual wheel from going out of alignment is faith sharing.

Get active this spring and try a yoga class, become a member at the S&T Wellness Center, enjoy the mile walking track, participate in the Love of Life 5K race, the “Lose a Ton” program through the Institute for Healthy Living, or any number of other programs that can be found on IRMC’s website.

Beyond recreation and rest, talking about your spiritual journey is healthy, which is reinforced by researcher George Barna’s statement indicating that exercising and sharing your faith is a “critical” factor to spiritual health.

Pat Morley in his book “Man in the Mirror” says 90 percent of men are open to the question: “Where are you at on your spiritual journey?” Psalm 66:5 says, “Come and see the works of God; He is awesome in His doing towards the sons of men.”

As Christians, we should expect powerful works to characterize the commitment of godly people so others can come and see what God is doing. Having just celebrated Easter, there isn’t a better time to share.

As part of the Lenten journey this month, I was honored to be one of six men asked to lead a men’s Bible study at Eat’n Park. I titled the lesson “I’m going fishing,” and referenced John, Chapter 21, where Peter indicated he was going fishing. While it is unclear whether the disciples were running away, regrouping or doing their earthly duties, one thing is clear — Jesus met them on the shore and they changed the world.

Coming out of this Easter season, let’s make it a priority to have some fun, take time to rest and share our spiritual journey with someone we care about — you are worth it.

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