It’s so easy to get caught up in the spiritual and totally miss the natural. We are spiritual beings living in a natural body. Living with both realities can sometimes lead to an unbalanced life. An unbalanced life is a non-productive life. It’s also unfulfilling and can be dangerous.
A person can be so spiritual that their constant fasting and prayer causes them to be anemic and bordering on anorexia. Fasting is good. Prayer is good. But, if you fast too long or too often you can get sick. Even prayer taken to the extreme can be harmful. Don’t shoot me yet. Let’s say you are consumed with prayer and neglects let’s say time with your children or spouse–that creates an environment where your family is emotionally and mentally malnourished from your absence. Who is to say how too much prayer time is unhealthy? You. What are your commitments? Who are you committed to? The what and who determines how much. Maybe you spend too time at work. Maybe you are over committed with church responsibilities. Maybe you feel overwhelmed as a single parent. Maybe you have develop very bad eating habits. The list goes on and on.
What are you struggling with? As you take account of your day, how much of the things you want to get done are getting done. What are the changes you’d like to see in your life? What can improve? What can you eliminate? We should take this kind of self-inventory often; sometimes monthly.
There are plenty of books and articles on how to be more productive, how to be better at love, and how to, essentially, be more superior humans — and though all of that is pleasing and (mostly) positive; the other reality is that we seldom learn how to truly enjoy our daily lives. As we grow up in the Spirit, this becomes more and more important to do.
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 1 Corinthians 15:46
Here are a few things I have learned that I believe will benefit you as well. Why not, enjoy the scenery on our way to our best life?
Start by making room for the blessings. Make room for your intended life style. How your natural environment which is your home, work place, etc. totally represents what’s on your mind and how you are going to receive spiritually.
Then, begin learning to be more human again. God created your humanity and blessed it.
Here are some good things to start with:
Before you begin the items on this list, read over them several times.
You may want to team up with your girlfriend or bowling buddy and make this list a mutual endeavor and cheer each other on with the strides you both are making.
Remember, you are not just a human being; you are a human becoming. Don’t beat yourself up for your failures. Simply start over again and again and again.
You are a work in progress. Progress in your middle name and you are your own best friend. Your best is all you should commit yourself to. Always do your best and the best will reward you.
I know that these simple steps will lead you to a more balanced and fruitful life.
I’d love to hear back from you on how these steps are helping you live your best life.