The majority of people out there believe on God and believe that there is a spiritual component to all of us. Many people have given up on the God of the Bible because they had a crappy experience with church or with Christians sometime in their past. Many people have not given up on the God of the Bible but still have a languishing spiritual life because they haven't been intentional about nurturing this part of themselves. They spend much more time on physical health, occupational health, familial health, emotional health, and while these things are important they are not as critical as the spiritual side of us when it comes to our true fulfillment and purpose. Here are three ideas to help jump-start a faltering spiritual life.
- Take a regular half day away - go somewhere away from all media and technology and use the time to pray, write, reflect, ponder, take inventory, confess the junk in your life. I often ask God the question, "what's next for me?" What's next in my own personal/spiritual development, what's next in my family life, what's next in my job?
- Adjust your input - most people are addicted to media. Media can be a very positive thing if we utilize it to allow soul-expanding content to enter our hearts and minds. About two years ago we cancelled cable at our house (although we still get some channels that we watch). Some great sources of spiritually enhancing content are: youversion - the bible for i-phones, podcasts of godly pastors/speakers, blog subscriptions to people who will challenge and stretch your thinking on a regular basis. Use your media intake to expand your soul and not just as a mindless outlet.
- Find a spiritual partner/ mentor - this takes some initiative and some guts, but if you don't have someone walking your spiritual journey with you, you likely won't progress. Most of my Christian life has been shared with like-minded travelers who served as sounding boards, confidants, truth-tellers, and butt-kickers.
What's your logical next step toward spiritual progress?