To grow spiritually in a world defined by power, money, and influence is an enormous task. We have been predisposed to a narrow attention span focused mostly on physical needs and wants due to our dependence on modern conveniences such as electronic equipment, gadgets, and tools as well as entertainment through television, cell phones, and the web. As a result, our ideas of self-worth and self-meaning are mixed up. How can we strike a balance between the material and spiritual aspects of our lives? The answer is to grow spiritually!
To grow spiritually is to look inward.
Introspection goes beyond recalling the things that happened in a day, week, or month. You need to look closely and reflect on your thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and motivations. In order to gain useful insights into your life goals--on the good traits you must sustain and the bad traits you have to shed--you must periodically examine the experiences you've faced, decisions you make, relationships you have, and things you engage in. Moreover, this will give you clues on how to act, react, and conduct yourself in the midst of any situation. Like any skill, introspection can be learned; all it takes is the courage and willingness to seek the truths that lie within you.
Here are three pointers I recommend when you introspect:
To grow spiritually is to search for meaning.
Spiritual practices that believe in the existence of God, such as Christianism, Judaism, and Islam, suppose that the purpose of the human life is to serve the Creator of all things. Several theories in psychology propose that we ultimately give meaning to our own lives. Whether we believe that life's meaning is pre-determined or self-directed, to grow in spirit is to realize that we do not merely exist. We do not know the meaning of our lives at birth, but we gain knowledge and wisdom from our interactions with people and from our actions and reactions to the situations we are in. As we discover this meaning, there are certain beliefs and values that we affirm or reject.
Our lives have purpose. This purpose puts all our physical, emotional, and intellectual potentials into use; sustains us during trying times; and gives us something to look forward to--either a goal to achieve or a destination to reach. A person without purpose or meaning is like a drifting ship at sea.
Growth is a process, thus to grow in spirit is a day-to-day encounter. We win some, we lose some, but the important thing is that we learn, and from this knowledge, further spiritual growth is made possible. And, most important, you learn that all things are possible!
My challenge for you this week:
Devise a personal spiritual growth plan.
Read books to deepen your spiritual knowledge.
Keep a journal to record your blessings and accomplishments (minor or major)
Decide ways to serve others and take action!
Happy Resurrection Sunday! Happy Easter!!