It is Spiritual Wellness Month, that means it is time to start treating our spirits right. The only way to accomplish this is by staying in good spirits; catering to the soul; allowing wellness to fill up our hearts and have goodness carry us through life. For the remainder of the month I want to steer us in the direction of spiritual wellness; it's time to pamper our inner-most dwelling and live well.
I received an email awhile ago that stated:
Reality is that you're in one of four spiritual seasons:
Spring . . . your walk is full of growth and revival.
Summer . . . a time of harvest has come and you see your dreams realized.
Autumn . . . uncertainty and transition are a big part of your life.
And the last season—spiritual Winter—can be harsh, cold and lifeless. It's when God prunes us for a new season of fruitfulness. It can be easy to get bogged down in wrong thinking and miss the positive effects that God has purposefully allowed in our lives. I learned the first positive effect of spiritual Winter from a farmer.
Farmers like cold winters. Cold kills the bugs that contend for the crop in harvest time. Winter is the natural firewall between growing seasons, and without it, next year's fruit would get destroyed. Fruit and bugs grow together. This is true in spiritual realm as well.
I am an ambassador of praising in the midst of the storm, but it's hard sometimes. Encouraging others is one of the easiest things to do, but when it comes to encouraging yourself it's like sticking a foot in your mouth. Truth is, we WILL have bad times but it's how we deal with those bad times that will determine our destiny and outcome.
By embracing all four of our spiritual seasons it will enrich our spiritual wellness. See the good in the bad. Often times, I think "why me?" when really it should be "why not me?" How else would I learn to succeed if at first I do not fail? How else will I learn to give if I never go without? How else will we ever learn to do right, if we've never been done wrong? How will we ever learn to not take things for granted, when we've lived in abundance all our lives? These are questions that we can ask that can help us figure out the good in the bad.
Weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning light.
Make 2010 a Perfect '10!