Remember that you have to stay connected to your spirituality if you want to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle. But if you find yourself feeling disconnected at times, you are not alone. At the moment, that’s how I feel. I’m a pretty spiritual person but lately I’ve been feeling the connection weakening.
So what brought this on?
I make it a point to spend time with God every day, an hour a day, at least. That’s not too much time. In fact, just this morning I decided to increase the time to at least 2 hours, preferably 3.
That might sound like a lot of time. And it used to feel that way to me. There was a time when reading the bible and spending time with God was something I did to pass time. And whenever I did that, I found myself feeling guilty because I thought I was losing valuable time I could be using for something productive.
That’s it. I didn’t think highly of my relationship with God and thought it was time-wasting. But lately I’ve been determined to seek God more. The bible urges us to avoid spiritual flabbiness and to exercise our spiritual muscle a lot harder and more often.
So how do you stay connected to your spirituality if you feel yourself slipping?
- Step #1: Identify the source of your disconnection
This is the most critical step. You have to know what caused you to lose touch with your spirituality. Maybe you are dealing with family issues? Maybe you recently faced disappointment that made you lose your trust in God?
Whatever the case, you need to identify the source of your disconnection if you truly want to stay connected to your spirituality.
- Step #2: Take your concerns to God
Now that you’ve identified the source of the disconnection, confide in God. Tell him everything you feel in the most honest and humble way. Ask for his guidance in getting rid of this problem.
Talking to God about such matters cements your trust and reliance on him. And it will also definitely help you stay connected to your spirituality. So get on with that prayer. Read these 10 easy steps to improve your prayer life. Also read these 5 ways to position yourself to hear from God. This way you are ready for when God gives you the answers you are looking for.
- Step #3: Don’t just read the word but set a time to read it
If you want to stay connected to your spirituality, now you have to get in the word.
But before picking up your bible, put that in your schedule. I used to pick up the bible randomly. I’d just open it whenever I felt like it. There’s nothing wrong with that. But you have to count reading the word just as important as the rest of the items in your to-do list, if not more.
This way you don’t feel like reading the bible is eating into your valuable time. And you approach your spirituality with purposefulness and seriousness.
So, fit this item somewhere in your list if you want to stay connected to your spirituality. Treat the bible as your manual for life because it truly is. Read my post on 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.
- Step #4: Focus on others
Sometimes all you need to do to stay connected to your spirituality is to focus on others more than you focus on yourself. You know how self-obsessed the world is now. We are always concerned about ‘me,’ rather than ‘you.’ You will definitely struggle to stay connected to your spirituality if you are self-obsessed.
I used to be self-obsessed too. I catch myself being this way sometimes. But now I’m focusing more on others. When I pray, I always ask God to help me love others and be concerned about them more that I am about myself. I spend a huge chunk of my prayers praying for others and asking God to bless them.
It can be difficult when you start putting others before yourself. But when you do, your spirituality shifts in a positive way. So please remember this step if you want to stay connected to your spirituality.
- Step #5: Perform an act of kindness
This follows perfectly from Step #4. As you focus on others, perform acts of kindness toward them. The other time I felt like I was in lack. But then I bought a piece of winter clothing for an orphaned child in my neighborhood. Instantly, my spirits lifted, and I felt abundant, fortunate and grateful.
That elevated my spirituality in a way I can’t even begin to describe. Stay connected to your spirituality by performing acts of kindness. You might think you don’t have the resources to do that.
But remember, your resources don’t mean money alone. Your resources could be your time, your talents and your attention. This will definitely help you stay connected to your spirituality.
- Step #6: Stay away from the world’s philosophies at all costs
You can’t stay connected to your spirituality if you follow the world instead of God’s word. That’s because the world’s philosophies are a contradiction to the word of God.
The world says you can’t eat that but the word says you can eat whatever you want if you give thanks for it.
The world says you should get caught up into the cutthroat competition of getting more money but the word says you should be content with what you have.
The world says you should love yourself and put your needs first but the word says you should love others as much as you love yourself and put their needs before your own.
But the world can’t give you eternal life, only the word can. If you want to stay connected to your spirituality, you are going to have to choose what the word says over what the world says.
The final word
The only way to stay connected to your spirituality is to live the word of God. The word is the perfect manual for your life. Be honest with yourself and you’ll realize that the times when you feel disconnected from your spirituality are the times you deviate from the word. So then, the best way to stay connected to your spirituality is to live the word. Take care of your spirituality because in its absence, you can’t enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle.
Thank you for reading this post. What are your thoughts on it? Do you sometimes struggle to stay connected to your spirituality? What do you do then? Please share your story by commenting.