By Keith Lee, Associate Pastor
It’s summer and I thought it would be helpful if I could offer some activities to help you grow spiritually. I researched online and found some that I thought might be helpful.
Form a Small Group
The word ‘spiritual’ could mean a lot of things but to me, the essence of it is to draw closer to other people with the love of God. Make a point to meet with a group of committed friends and/or church members to talk about God and your inner life. The group could be made up of two people or up to ten, but I suggest a number smaller than five because the goal is to talk and to share our lives with one another. You could choose to talk about a book or life or the Bible. I find consistently meeting with others helps me to have insights and different perspectives.
Practice Doing Nothing
Maybe it’s not an activity, but this is one of the best things you can do to get to know yourself and grow spiritually. Meditation is one way of doing it, but it doesn’t need to be you sitting down and actually meditating. It could just be you laying on your bed for 10 minutes or just stopping and listening to your thoughts for awhile!
When you learn to be with yourself, you can start to work on becoming full and not being reliant on others to dictate the way you feel. This is quite possibly the most empowering thing someone can do and it all starts with getting to know yourself.
Vacation Church Search
Rather than taking a vacation from church, make church an exciting part of your vacation by celebrating service somewhere new. While on vacation, make it a point to find an old, popular, or interesting place of worship nearby. If you’re in the tropics, search for an open-air church. If you’re vacationing on the East Coast, check out an historical church. If you’re opting for a stay-cation this summer and sticking close to home, services at your church that you don’t usually attend. For example, our Wednesday noon service, the end-of-the-month Celtic service, or Sunday 8:30 service if you’re part of 10:30 service. You never know where you will find inspiration!
Exercise is one of the most spiritually grounding things you can do: it is about finding the thing that you love to do and doing it. Taking the dog for a walk every morning, joining a martial arts class or spending time in the morning dancing to your favorite music. These are all ways you can exercise, so try and find something that makes you feel good while moving and do that thing!
Some of the advantages of exercise are the obvious health benefits, but also being fully aware and in the moment. It is the sense of accomplishment that goes hand in hand with completing your workout and the progressive growth that comes with practice.
Write Your Prayers
Get in touch with your inner voice—the one who expresses her/his emotions freely and dreams without hesitation. Grab a pen and a notepad, and jot down your prayers. You can write in paragraphs, make lists, or even draw. Embrace the season by indulging your creative side. Open up your heart and mind to what God has to say and what God wants you to do. Write down your prayers and look them over at the end of the month to see how they were answered or how your perspective has changed since you wrote them.
Have a wonderful and spiritual summer!