5 Ways to Put Spirituality into Practice
Although notions of spirituality may differ in the minds of human beings, Christian spirituality is definitively shaped by biblical scripture and, perhaps more importantly, practice.
This means that the truly spiritual Christian will not only learn the key tenets of the Bible but put that knowledge into action. Consider the wisdom of James 1:25, which says, “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
With this in mind, read on for five general ways that you can bring spirituality into practice in your daily life.
Whether done by yourself or with others, prayer is one of the most powerful ways to put your spirituality into practice. By communicating directly with God, you invite His grace into your heart, mind, and soul. This practice can be absolutely transformative, not only for the person who prays but for the larger world that he or she inhabits.
Let your generosity of spirit manifest itself in the world in the form of charitable giving. While it is great to tithe at your church and financially support worthy philanthropic nonprofits, the gifts that you give certainty don’t need to be material in nature. Think about donating your time and focusing your attention on making a positive difference in the life of another. Or just take a moment to brighten someone’s afternoon!
Share your spirituality with others who are struggling with similar challenges and striving for similar goals. Both at church and elsewhere, communing with others is a great way to invite positivity into your life while making a genuine difference in the lives of others. As you meet more and more like-minded people on your spiritual journey, you’ll find incredible ways to help one another along.
A big part of putting spirituality into practice involves overcoming the negativity in your daily life. Stop often to count your blessings. On some days, this may be quite difficult to do, but reflecting on the people or things in your life that bring you joy can lift you out of the negative mindsets that threaten to interrupt your spiritual practice. By appreciating the satisfying and successful parts of your life, you can more easily overcome the many obstacles that stand in your way.
Nothing stands in the way of spiritual progression quite like anger and resentment. Although it is often easier said than done, forgiving others and letting go of animosity can not only make your life happier but more meaningful. Most importantly, it is nearly impossible to walk the Christian path while encumbered by hatred.
By taking measures to put your spirituality into daily practice, you reap what is described in Galatians 5:22 as “the fruit of the Spirit” – “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” You also serve as a blessing to others. as Matthew 5:16 commands, “Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”