The Spiritual Life…..
First, I need to start of by saying everything is spiritual. To divide spiritual from “secular” is to say that God isn’t involved in that particular aspect in life. For example, as Christians, we can’t say that God is more interested in us when we are at church, or at prayer, or doing some work of service, than God is when we are doing our “regular stuff.” Everything is spiritual.
In that light I wonder about a missing element to my spirituality at least, why do I spend so much time on Christian thoughts, or Christian behaviors and forget about my feelings? Everything is spiritual.
Emotions are a part of our success or failure in loving others well or not. Our hormones, moods, opinions, temperament all have a huge impact on our thoughts, our choices, and our actions. Everything is spiritual. All you need to do is ask those who are close to you to share how your emotions affect them and if they are truly open you will hear about the blessings and curses that emotions bring to others.
One of the keys to spiritual growth is self-awareness. The gift of shalom (peace) or serenity is given, but it also needs to find a receptive person to dwell in. During my vacation, I have been doing a lot of thinking about Jesus and my life with him. In my journaling I have been asking some very difficult questions about my life, my emotions, my self-awareness. In truth, the questions asked actually came from Jesus.
· What do you want me to do for you? (Mark 10:36 and 51). “
· Do you want to get well? (John 5:6).
· Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Matthew 11:28
· Are you thirsty? John 4:10
These are empathetic, caring, compassion questions from the Lord. He is asking them of you too.
I suggest you the read the scriptures above (beyond the verse and read the rest of the story) to find Jesus' prescriptive answers to these questions. Remember, everything is spiritual.
Grace and Peace,