When people talk about health, they often neglect the all-important spiritual factor. Your spiritual health plays a huge role in your overall health – you can’t only focus on what you eat and how you exercise, you need to commit to caring for your inner needs too.
As a Christian, working on your relationship with God and spending time with Him each day is imperative to your spiritual health. If you feel distant and disconnected from God, you’ll start struggling mentally and emotionally, which can in turn have effects on your physical health too. But how does one even begin working on their relationship with God? Here are four ways to get started.
Surround Yourself With Him
Out of sight, out of mind, right? This is a tough issue to navigate when you serve a God that doesn’t present Himself physically to you. Christians don’t worship idols, so how do you keep God at the forefront of your mind?
If you’re the type of person who needs a visual or physical reminder, you can incorporate these into your life to keep you rooted in your faith. For some, this might be a piece of jewellery or even a tattoo that reminds you of who you are. You can even fill your home with Jesus images, if the visual reminder will make you feel closer to Him.
Commit to Prayer Time
Praying to God every day and staying in conversation with Him is the best way to build a relationship. How else do you have a relationship with someone if you don’t talk to them?
Make prayer a part of your every day, or at least every week while you build the habit. Creating a prayer routine, or incorporating prayer into your other routines will make it easier for you to remember to do this, and even if it feels uncomfortable at first, over time you’ll learn how to talk to God about what you need.
Often, the more we know, the more we seek to know. When you learn more about God, the Bible, and the plans He has for you, you’ll feel more drawn to him and appreciative of your place in His world.
This is why constantly learning more is crucial to your journey. If you want to learn, you could study the bible on your own terms, or even seek out apps, websites, videos, podcasts or books that will help you learn more, and lean deeper into your faith.
Find Your People
Finally, remember that the Bible emphasizes community and states that a Church is simply any place where two or more have gathered to worship Him. Finding people who share your faith and will pray for you and with you will make your journey so much easier and more fulfilling.
If you aren’t part of a Church, consider seeking one out. Alternatively, you can find Christian groups online or in your community where you’ll hopefully be able to connect with others and share your faith.