I like specifics.
Whenever I take a group of kids on a trip with the school bus or drive the band to football games or competitions, the district always provides me with specific details: punch-in time, load-time, directions, and maps.
Such information empowers me to get the job done well.
So when it comes to building “gravitas” – that is weightiness of the soul – exactly how do we go about collecting spiritual mass?
One word captures the essence.
Ready for it?
Spiritual growth does not happen by accident. It is not like aging. We do not have to be intentional about growing older; it happens whether we like it or not. This is why spiritual maturity does not always come with age.
The truth is there are intentional steps we must take in order to enter into the process of being made whole. This requires discipline.
I’m not speaking of a legalistic discipline, however. When I speak of discipline, I mean a discipline seasoned by grace. This kind of discipline empowers us to rediscover God’s unconditional acceptance of us through Jesus Christ. And, it subsequently, awakens us to rediscover the infinite reach of the Gospel in this life, which is far more than just salvation from hell after we die.
So what are those specific action steps – those clear directions – that will enable us to run our race well? Here’s a short list of core convictions I’ve developed:
- Community – the Christian life must be lived in community with others and hopefully with ever-deepening levels of intimacy.
- Solitude – the Christian life requires us to carve out time for quiet, undistracted reflection on God’s truth and our present reality. This time should include Bible reading and study, prayer, or journaling, but none of these activities should turn into checklists. The goal of this time is to let your soul be nourish by God.
- Ruthless Honesty with ourselves, each other, and God. ***WARNING – This is not for the faint of heart! Perhaps the scariest thing we will ever do is to take a hard, inward look at our own souls. Sin has so messed us up we do not even know how messed up we are!***
A regular, intentional commitment to these three areas will set us well on the journey toward amassing “gravitas”.
As a heads up, an attractive soul is not groomed over night. Rather it is cultivated over years of careful, wise living.
To that end, I want to make available a resource I have found helpful in accomplishing the three objectives mentioned above. I pray it will be a helpful guide!
Click on the link below to download this invaluable, free resource.
Let me know if this is helpful to you. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments! [10-4]