I have to shower every day. Sometimes I’m not able to, but for the most part at some point in the day I shower. If I don’t get a shower, I walk around feeling disgusting. I don’t want people to see me, I don’t want to go in public, I don’t feel good about myself.
I have to remind myself to brush my teeth. Yes, I know that’s disgusting. I don’t know what it is about dental hygiene, but I abhor it. It might be the mint flavor. I’m not a fan of mint. I like having clean teeth. I don’t like cavities or root canals, but still it’s something I don’t do automatically. It’s a discipline I have to force myself to do.
There are spiritual disciplines that fall in either of these categories for me. Journaling is something I love to do. If I go a couple of days without processing my thoughts and feelings through writing I feel greasy and gross. I need to cleanse myself of the buildup in my mind by writing it out.
I don’t always remember to read my Bible. That’s like brushing my teeth for me. I want to spend time in the Word consistently. I know how good it is for me and that neglecting it for a long period of time can result in spiritual root canal. But it’s hard. It’s not automatic.