Conntecting the Dots

The Intentional Spiritual Life

The older I get, the more I realize the importance of being intentional about my health. As a result, I try to eat nutritious food and workout at a gym at least three times per week. Believe me, some mornings I’d rather sleep in, but I know my body will feel sluggish if I choose my bed over a bike or elliptical machine For me, and probably for you, intentionality is vital to fitness.

The same is true about my spiritual life—intentionality is the key to spiritual health. And so, I spend time alone with God every day. I read His Word, I journal the things I learn through it, and I invite His presence into every thought and action.

I don’t consider doing so a chore or religious obligation. Rather, I view it as a privilege and joy to develop friendship with the God of the universe. Imagine! God rules over all, and yet He knows my name and longs for relationship with me. Is growing that relationship worth the effort? Absolutely!

Psalm 105:4 says, “Search for the LORD and for his strength; continually seek him.” Talk about the spiritually intentional life! The words search and seek are active verbs. They tell us to “look carefully through something, trying to find what is there or hunting for something lost or hidden.”

If we want to be spiritually fit, we need to be intentional about it…continually, not just when we feel like it. We need to value Jesus and seek Him diligently. Money, career, position, stuff, and even ministry will try to lure us away, but we need to make, and keep, Jesus as our priority.

When we do, we find His strength for life’s difficult situations. We learn how to respond to prickly people in a God-honoring way. We discover wisdom for major decisions. Every aspect of our lives benefits when we’re spiritually fit. What do you think? Is the effort worth it?

Question: What actions do you take to be intentional about your spiritual fitness?

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5 Responses to “The Intentional Spiritual Life”

  1. Twylla Sutton

    I agree wholeheartedly. I find that I need/want that quiet time with God, and over the years I have come more to see it as a relationship than a requirement. It is also a good time to quiet my heart and listen. A few years ago my husband and I learned about contemplative prayer, and we try to exercise that as part of our quiet time as well.

    • Grace

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Twylla. Without intentional spiritual actions, we’ll turn to flab!

    • Grace

      The world has countless hurting people, and opportunities to show compassion are endless. Let’s see beyond our own needs and tend to the needs of others. Blessings to you!


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