Spiritual Health - Goals for Growth
So first things, first! We can be well physically, but if we are not aligned spiritually we are not whole as a person.
So this year for spiritual health I wanted to focus on my deepening my relationship with God. A simple verse that I wanted to focus on for this growth is:
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV) “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
To be in constant prayer is a very helpful way to be aware that you always have a listening ear that interacts and blesses you. Throughout my day I want to be aware that God is there, so adding prayer to my thought life has been a great way to automatically include God in my everyday life. It was a huge turning point for me when I realized that prayer didn't need to be minimized to meals or night time rituals, but that it was an invitation for me to have an active conversation with God.
Relating to all parts of the Trinity or Trinitas (Latin).
Okay, yes, God is one in three person, but I must admit that for myself it has always been easier for me to approach Jesus and related to Him in my thoughts and prayers. God and Holy Spirit have always seemed more distant and scary to my mind. Some say that this is because we relate to each part of the Trinity as we would relate to our own family and friends. For example, your relationship with God might look similar to your relationship with your earthly father. And your relationship with Holy Spirit might relate similarly to your relationship with your mother. And your relationship with Jesus might reflect the relationships with your own siblings or friends.
Of course, out of the 3 options for me -friends and siblings were far more relatable than either parent figure. But I want to learn to be better at relating and approaching each part of the Trinity. And not letting earthly experiences limit my interact with my spiritual life. Thus learning and growing in my belief that God is a good father who is present and not distance is both a new and difficult concept for my mind and heart to fully grasp. Also learning to believe that Holy Spirit is alive and active in my day to day life is another concept that I am trying to embrace.
So with all those things said, what exactly am I working on for spiritual health this year to establish a firm foundation and strong footing for the rest of my life? Below are my 5 goals:
Pray at least 3 times a day with God about daily interactions
At least once a day invite Holy Spirit to guide me through a process or situation
Read the Bible daily, and read it once through by the end of the year (this year I am reading the whole Bible in French)
At the end of the day thank God for at least 3 things
Spend at least 1 hour every week in a quiet time of worship
Within those Goals, I also recognize that to fully embrace the process of truly letting these goals strengthen and challenge me requires a shifting of my mindset. So here are also 5 verses that I will declare as declarations.
1. The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. ~Psalm 145:9
2. The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. ~John 14:25
3. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. ~Colossians 3:23-24
4. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. ~ 1 John 4:18
5. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. ~1 Thessalonians 5:16-18