July 30, 2017

“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field.”
Matthew 13:44

Discovering Spiritual Treasures

Matthew Kelly
Resisting Happiness
2016

The daily habit of prayer leads us to spiritual health.  The more ingrained this habit becomes in our lives, the clearer we hear the voice of God.  The clearer we hear the voice of God in our lives, the more likely we are to walk in his ways, honor his will, and experience the peace and happiness he yearns to fill us with.

Are you spiritually healthy? Are you alive spiritually? Are you thriving or are you just surviving? When we are spiritually healthy we tend to be focused, invigorated, patient, and generous.  When we aren’t healthy spiritually we tend to be irritable, restless, and discontented.

It is interesting how seldom we talk about spiritual health.  If you think about all the focus we place on physical health, and the billions of dollars we spend trying to achieve it, and then consider how little we talk about spiritual health, it says so much about the state of our culture.

God wants to bless you with spiritual vitality. Developing this kind of spiritual vitality is like building a skyscraper; you start by going down. You dig deep, deep into the earth to create a foundation to support the huge structure.  The higher you want to build the structure, the deeper you have to dig into the earth to begin with.

We all have an inner life. This consists of our thoughts and feelings, our hopes and dreams, our character and our relationship with God.  We all have an outer life, which consist of the things we do, places we go, and things we build on our own.  We tend to focus on the outer life, but it is only a tiny fraction of our life.  Much more takes place as part of the inner life.  The outer life is an overflow of the inner life.

As you begin to go deeper and deeper into prayer, God will help you start to answer four questions: Who am I? What am I here for? What matters most? What matters least?

By developing clarity around these four questions you will become a phenomenal decision maker. You will no longer find yourself saying yes to things because you are afraid you will offend someone. Your yes will become a firm, passionate, mission-driven yes. And your no will become a firm, unwavering no.

“How is your life?” Great spiritual directors have been asking those they guide this question for thousands of years. It is a little like going to the doctor and having your blood pressure taken first thing. This question allows us very quickly to get a sense of a person’s spiritual health.  Get into the habit of asking yourself the question and it will encourage you to continue to focus on the interior life. 

The more you pay attention to your spiritual health, the more attuned you will be to your spiritual needs. When your body is hungry, your stomach growls, your soul has ways of showing you it is hungry too. When I get impatient with my children or my colleagues, or a stranger, I know that my soul needs some attention.

Overtime you will learn to listen to the cravings of your soul. Some days I crave silence. Other days my soul craves to serve others.

KEY POINT

God wants to bless you with spiritual vitality.

ACTION STEP

Establish a daily habit of prayer. Spend ten minutes in quiet prayer with the Lord.     

Action Step                        

MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Bereavement Support & Ministry

“Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.”
The Monday Night Widow/Widowers Group:
A social group for widows and widowers. Next meeting: August 14th in Cerullo Hall at 6:30 PM.

Spouse Bereavement Group:

A support group for people grieving the death of their spouse. Next meetings:  August 8th and 22nd at 7:00 PM in the RUSSO ROOM. For information contact Dr. Rachel Rengifo at 201-500-2068.

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