Sometimes, those of us who are trying to walk a spiritual path haven’t had a new idea or a new experience in years. Like an adult who still reads nothing but children’s books, we’re stuck in a very limited concept of who God is, who we are, and what Life is calling us to be.
Our spiritual growth stopped a long time ago.
Sometimes, when you ask people about their faith, they’ll say things like “I was raised Catholic” or “my mother was a Methodist.” But as the conversation moves along, it becomes clear that they’ve not really spent any time thinking about personal spiritual matters – their everyday lives are not lived with any sense of connection to Something that is greater than they are. If they do believe in something greater than they are, it might turn out to be the Federal government or the Green Bay Packers. But their relationship with God? They’ve never thought much about it.
Their spiritual growth never really got started.
Like most things in life, when it comes to spiritual matters, “if it’s going to be, it’s up to me.” We can’t coast on the ideas we formed as children, and we certainly can’t get by because Mom or Grandma or Uncle Joe walked the path.
Abraham Lincoln once said “You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.”
All of the scriptures ever written mean nothing unless they mean something to you. The wisdom of the ages is worthless unless you’ve thought about it, wrestled with it, and applied it. No matter how many of our friends and loved ones have had a dynamic and meaningful relationship with God, until you and I experience that for ourselves, God may as well not exist.
The prescription for spiritual growth isn’t mysterious. It isn’t secret or occult. It doesn’t involve journeys to strange and distant places. Spiritual growth takes place within, or it doesn’t take place at all. Regular prayer, meditation, and study are the keys to our growth and development.
The bad news is that no one else can do it for us. The good news is, when we walk the path, that growth is ours, and no one can take it away from us.
When you sincerely seek, you will find that Spirit is ready and willing to help you grow into a bigger and better experience of life!