Images of the Holy Spirit always denote an active, living energy and movement: Fire, River, Wind, Rain… There is a natural flow to our spiritual lives and to any type of growth we experience. But sometimes we get stuck. Sometimes our lives feel more like the Dead Sea than free-flowing waters!
I referred in an earlier post to the concept of Life Shapes taught by 3DM Ministries. The triangle shape gives us one visual representation of how our spiritual growth can stay alive and flowing:
JOURNAL PROMPT, Week 2, Day 2: The process, then, starts up, flows in, and moves out. If we are always giving to others, but never spending quiet time with God, we are not fed. If we attend to our very close relationships, but don’t extend our lives beyond that, we are not living our fullest life. If we pray and pray and pray but do not connect with others at all, our spiritual growth and experience of love can suffer.
Some of us are stronger in one area or another – we all have different gifts and different comfort zones, and our focus may shift during different periods of our lives. Still, it’s always good to take stock now and then, and to stretch ourselves in order to live a rewarding life.
Take a look at the triangle image attached here – where are you strongest? Where could you grow? What are you happiest with in terms of your own spiritual practices? What, if any, changes would you like to implement over the long term?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY: God, our lives are busy. Sometimes our hearts are heavy. Sometimes we feel loved and sometimes we feel lonely. This life is often a mystery! Thank you for extending your Spirit to us. Thanks that we may trust your plan and know that – even when we are unaware – you are growing us into the fullness of our lives. Amen.
VERSE OF THE DAY: And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (Ephesians 3:18-19)