Sometimes cutting short your sleep to commune with God may undermine your ability to live close to God. A tired person is more vulnerable than the wide-awake. The weakened body is more apt to be plagued with spiritual self-doubt than when one is fed and rested.
Quiet times for prayer, meditation, and reflection aid the Christian life, but the notion that "more of the same" will continue to produce positive results is questionable.
Thoughtful ideas about the interconnection of spirit and body are surprisingly commonsensical when we see it this way:
Spiritual inspiration and enthusiasm can be mediated by physical intervention and activities. This being true, faith builders will not only recommend worship in the traditional forms—including Bible study, prayer, meditation and song. They will also encourage the health-care (Excedrin? caffeine?) of the body, spirit and emotions through exercise, vacations, travel, hospitality, friendship, good-deeds, interesting and helpful projects, enjoyment of the arts, folk-dance, the appreciation of beauty in nature and craftsmanship. And a lot more, like hobbies, gardening, walks, vacations.
Confident that "everything affects everything else", the growing Christian will be one designing a well-rounded life-style free of guilt that some pastimes, while well-enjoyed, may be unspiritual.
Spirit-raising pastimes bring us closer to God.
Can you relate to this advice? Do you have a personal story that illustrates it? Please share it with us at ShowUp@careandkindness.org
Silly Thoughts At my age ’Getting lucky’ means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.
At my age ’Getting lucky’ means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.