Detoxifying Your Soul
We all want to be more organized. The old adage, “A place for everything and everything in its place,” is a goal we strive to achieve. I recently came across an article that caught my attention entitled, “The Household Organization Diet.”* It’s a 31–day decluttering challenge designed to clear all of the unwanted “stuff” from our lives.
As I read the challenge, I saw that it could also apply to my spiritual life. Certainly, there are times when I could detox my soul. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what we should avoid and then look at what works.
Our introduction to the cleansing and purging process is sometimes severe. We “bite off more than we can chew.” We ask God about those big steps, such as our future, our relationships, or our calling. That can cause disillusionment, disappointment, and spiritual burn– out. We then return to old habits.
Spiritually speaking, you don’t have to become a Super Saint overnight!
This is a process that happens slowly. It happens in baby steps. Ask God, “What are You speaking to me about today?”
God may already be speaking to you about areas in your life that need His reclamation. These suggestions can get you started:
❚ Is the Lord asking you to spend more time with Him? Get up in the morning 15 minutes earlier so you’ll have unhurried fellowship with the Lord. Use the extra time to simply sit in His presence.
❚ Maybe the Holy Spirit is speaking to you about your conversations with people. At the end of the day, review the conversations you had and ask, “Did these conversations honor God?” Ask the Lord to make you aware when you’re going down that “spiritual slippery slope.” And when you sense His gentle prodding during your next conversation, ask for strength to obey. “The Prayer of Examen” is an ancient spiritual discipline that helps you to review your day and to establish healthy patterns.
❚ Our physical life can affect our spiritual life. And our bodies are one of God’s highest creations. We need to treat them as such. God may be asking you to drink more water, take the stairs instead of the elevator, or monitor your caffeine intake. When practical steps such as these are under the direction of the Holy Spirit, there can be a sense of victory and a desire to care for our body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit.
Try these baby steps. Commit to them. Lose some of the clutter. Focus on what’s really important and make the most of God’s presence in your life.
Baby Steps is a five–part series
by Major Lauren Hodgson
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