Eight weeks of shutdown has made us all assess every aspect of our life. What work and school can be accomplished at home? What is this place they call a park? Do I know how to work an oven? Is our WiFi strong enough?
But as some areas begin to open up and people start to find what they have been missing, I thought it would be a good time to assess where we all are in our Grow Up plan, our spiritual formation.
So, here are some questions to ask yourself and some exercises to try to strengthen or develop what needs to Grow Up.
Questions of Assessment
- Is the God you are envisioning right now good and merciful and loving or is he angry, wrathful, and stingy?
- Are you connecting more to God through prayer, listening, and worship or do you find it harder to practice these soul training exercises?
- Do you find it hard to consider your life good right now with so much taken away from you? Is your faith at the mercy of your circumstances?
- What negative points of your character have surfaced and been prominently revealed to you and others? Anger? Impatience? Fear? Selfishness? Lack of Sympathy?
- How has your thoughts on the value of the local church and your role in the church changed during this time?
- Have you been motivated to serve others and help those in need?
Exercises to try to help you Grow Up in these areas
- Take a walk and consider all that God has provided for you in his natural world? Notice something new that is worthy of your amazement and thank God for it.
- Instead of making requests of God, ask him what he wants from you and then listen for his reply.
- Read Mark 9:1-29 everyday for a week. Notice Jesus, notice the disciples, notice the boy’s father. Let God reveal to you what is most needed in your life.
- Live with Jesus for the next 10 minutes. Don’t try to solve all of your spiritual problems at once. Just simply see what it looks and feels like to walk side by side with Jesus for the next 10 minutes.
- Who can you connect with today? Who needs to hear from you? Make an effort to call, text, write a letter, or FaceTime this person.
- I love the stories of surprise gifts and unexpected blessings. Who can you surprise with a small gesture of service and love? Give them toilet paper, or a box of masks, or some crayons, or a gift card. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate.
It has been said many times to not let “a crisis go to waste.” Ask God what he wants your life to look like right now and go about letting him shape that life. Surrender to whatever he has for you. You won’t regret it and will look back on this strange year as a time when you Grew Up like never before.