I have gotten to the point where I have no choice but to give God my all. Things makes sense when I am in constant communication with God. Praying incessantly and studying the Word renews my hope and strengthens my faith. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Imagine what life was like when you had no interest in your spiritual well-being. You kind of wandered through life going with the crowd and Sundays were for studying or work. Praying was something you did when you were in trouble or you needed something.
Now, look at how much has changed. Or has it?
When do you go to God? What have you learned about God outside of church? Or better yet, what have you learned about yourself? Who have you become in the past 5 years? Are you evolving beyond what’s in front of you? Have you grown in your faith? Does your spiritual life look how you want it to look?
I pose these questions because I have to ask myself these questions quite often. It’s easy to get distracted and lose sight of who you are. However, this can be avoided if you have spiritual roots that you can reference when things seem to be going awry. And I mean more than a bible scripture. To be honest, anyone can quote scripture. What matters is your relationship with your spirit and yourself.
Nothing interests me more than religion and spirituality. I love to learn about new religions and their practices. Tune into OWN on Sundays for Super Soul Sunday and you will probably develop this interest as well. Everyone needs something to believe in and discovering different practices allows me to be open minded and loving (as Christ intended) but it teaches me things about myself as well.
For example, Buddhist and Hindu practices are relatable and so are some of their teachings. Buddhism teaches about happiness and compassion for others and Hinduism teaches that individual souls are immortal and I couldn’t agree more. Now, does believing this make me any less of Christian? No. I never abandoned my beliefs but it would be silly to simply deny what my soul identifies with. Religious wars started because people couldn’t come to an agreement on what they believed. Religions were created because people interpreted things differently. I refuse to start a spiritual war with myself.
Tapping into these beliefs keep me going. I find peace through mediation. I find solace and hope in Christ. I don’t believe in Karma but I am familiar with a true and just God. I know what to do when my spirit is restless. Do you?
This is in no way to condemn you in anyway but to get you thinking. My goal is to ignite conversations with yourself and your spirit. Figure out what it needs. Feed your spirit and watch how you evolve in ways your never imagined. It may not be with Christianity. Most people have a tendency to revert back to their childhood religion but find what your soul desires. Don’t live your life for someone else. Be who God has called you to be. Whether you choose to worship him through Christian beliefs or through the Islam faith, give your soul what it needs.
When something really bothers me, like really, really bothers me, I always say, “Ooh, that did something to my spirit.” Because it bothered me. I am my spirit. Everything else is extra. My feelings, emotions and thoughts are manifestations of this world. My spirit, though, is who I am once you strip all those things away from. My spirit is what I want you to see when you see me. Not my gorgeous selfie or my PMS rants or my addiction to the 90s.
So who are you when you remove the facades of the day, the week, the month, the years? If I asked you to bare your soul, what would it show?
As always, take what you need and leave the rest.