Written by Karen Dubois, National Sponsor
This is the time of year that many of us are returning to patterns or habits that revolve around school. Five-year-olds will experience school for the first time. Seniors will rise up as key leaders in their high schools. College students will come to town with their sights set on a career choice. Gone are the summer ‘sleep-in’ days, lounging by the pool, and the yearly break in routine.
Maybe you aren’t in this stage in your life. But either way, this could be a good season to remind us all to reclaim healthy spiritual habits, just as those returning to school are pressing reset on their schedules and priorities.
The spiritual principal behind this can be found in 1 Timothy 4:7-8 which says, “…rather train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way…” (ESV). Growing in Christ requires healthy, ongoing habits that the Scripture relates to “training.” This word that Paul uses for training, “gymnazo,” means to exercise vigorously. In this case, we are being encouraged to exercise our soul in regular and challenging ways. I would venture to say there is no other path to spiritual growth. I like the way Donald Whitney puts it in his book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, when he says, “I’ve never known a man or woman who came to spiritual maturity except through discipline. Godliness comes through discipline.”
Might I suggest some practical ways to build healthy spiritual habits and disciplines into your life in the near future? Here are a few:
- Re-commit to reading your Bible daily, if that has fallen off.
- Wake up 15 minutes earlier each morning to spend some dedicated, quiet time with the Lord.
- Commit to memorizing one or two verses per week.
- Evaluate your giving, and increase it in a sacrificial way.
- Step into an area of ongoing service, either in an area of passion or an area of need.
- Pick up a few books on spiritual growth to read over the coming months.
- Give fasting a shot.
- Purchase “Wait and See’ by Wendy Pope and join us on Facebook beginning in September for an online Bible Study.