4 Things Hindering Your Spiritual Growth
Get out of the way of your own blessing. I have learned so much about who I am, my flaws, my dreams along the way of my spiritual journey. I have grown in ways I never knew I needed to and the way I look at life has changed tremendously. I have yet to even platea so I can only imagine what God has in store for me.
I wanted to share the roadblock I had as new Christian. As always I know I'm not alone and I hope reading this will open your mind so your can experience the spiritual growth God has in store for you. It is not easy to recognize how your fears, reservations, expectations, and education can hold you back from the full life God has in store you.
overcome the fear of church
Honestly I had a hard time going to church once I recommitted to Jesus Christ our savior. I didn't believe I was good enough. I thought people were going to see right through me. Not that I had bad intentions but that they were going to look at me and know I had no clue who Jesus really was or what it meant to be a Christian. I was insecure in my Christian walk and it took me a long time to talk openly about my faith. I know there are people just like me. Which is why I think God push me to step up and talk freely. I found plenty of blog, vlog, and books about faith. But I couldn't relate to them or where they were in there spiritual journey. I realized we all have to start somewhere and God loves you no matter where you are in your spiritual walk.
Stop judging others
What disturbs me most is the time we spend judging one another. Its like society has trained us to do it regularly, openly, and proudly which is just not ok. I don't mean this from just a Bible stand point. I can't count how many times I've judge someone only to later find myself in the same situation. You never know what someone is going through, what they've been through, or where they're going. It's not easy to change and it won't happen over night. A habit change takes a concerted effort and commitment. There will be things that happen that you don't agree with, but you have to pray and love them anyways. Treat people how you want to be treated. No one likes to be judged.
Recognize we are all imperfect. Accept others for who they are and where they are. Don't expect that everyone you meet will be on the same spiritual journey as you or in the same mental space as you. I challenge you to really open your mind and remove the expectations you have of what a Christian should look like. It's takes a lot for someone to stand up and say they are Christian, and for that they deserve to be embraced with open arms. Try to imagine what you would want to experience when telling people for the first time that you are going to walk with Jesus. We don't go to church because we're perfect in our walk, we flock to church when we're in need.
Loving one another
Most powerful lesson from the Bible I have learn thus far. I now how to think about the love I have for my family to truly understand what it means to love everyone. When people close to me let me down or hurt my feelings I always forgive them without any question. Understand I may not forgive them the same day but eventually I let it go because it's more important for me to maintain that relationship than to hold on to a gruge. We have to love strangers that same way. When people make us upset, disrespect us, or express an opnion we don't agree with we have to love them anyways. Hating others and not forgiving others only hurt you and keeps you from living a life of light.