Spiritual Health

I eat on the go pretty regularly. I’m on the go a lot which means I often sacrifice health and quality in my food for convenience. I know it isn’t healthy. My doctor recently reminded me of this when my cholesterol numbers weren’t great. I’ve been working to change my bad eating habits. I’ve had some successes and some failures. Convenience still wins over healthy food choices sometimes. The bottom line is that if I want to be healthier, I have to make lifestyle changes. I can’t grab a pop tart every morning and expect that I’m going to be healthy. Just to be transparent, I am currently eating a pop tart as I write.

Good physical health generally takes a lifetime of good choices and good habits. Poor health usually takes a lifetime of bad choices and habits. You don’t wake up one day when you have made decades of poor choices, decide you want to be healthy, and have that happen. You have to work to make the changes necessary. Then, over time, things will change.

Our spiritual well being is the same as our physical well being. We often strive for instant gratification when it comes to our faith. We incorrectly assume that we can get the desired results if we simply read a book, do a few good deeds, or give a little money and then we are changed. We should definitely do those things, but they are not the quick path to spiritual well being. There is no quick path to spiritual being.

There is no shortcut to true spiritual growth. It a sustained process of seeking God day in and day out. If we want spiritual gains than we have to work for it. We have to put the time in over the course of our lives if we want to see changes. The author of Hebrews reminds us that our spiritual journey is a lifelong endurance race that we run over the course of our lives. During that race, we may run into difficulty and hardship, but our eyes should remain fixed on Jesus.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. – Hebrews 12:1-2

Questions for Reflection;

  1. What good habits have you developed that lend themselves to a lifelong process of spiritual development?
  2. What bad habits stand in the way of good spiritual health?
  3. Do you see faith development as a lifelong process or are you relying on shortcuts?

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