A balanced spiritual life
It has been observed that many people who strive to love God and do His will, seems to neglect so many aspects of life. When they are asked why they don’t partake in certain activities of life, they heap the blame on God. Some become so heavenly-minded that they forget that they are on earth. Again, some become so earthly-minded that they neglect or forget their heavenly destination and prime goal. Our goal is to see how we can encourage ourselves and attain a balanced spiritual life. Life is too good but “short” and we have to live it to the full! Borrowing from the title of Scott Peck’s book, The Road Less Travelled, the spiritual balanced life which is holistic in nature and promotes healthiness is less travelled by many. I pray you and I are not found wanting in this regard. Honestly, the desire to live and lead a balanced life could serve as a good point for a retreat time and resolutions.
What are the indicators of life to take into consideration as we aspire for a balanced spiritual life? First, before we define that, I am sure you may be wondering why we are always seeing life as spiritual instead of just life in itself. The reason is simple. We have noted it before that we are spiritual beings on a human journey (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, S.J.) and this is beautifully expressed by Prophet Jeremiah: “…there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones (Jer. 20:9). The fire shut up in our bones and expressed in our hearts demonstrate our hidden and untapped spiritual power and nature. Having said that, there are three indices of life to look into as we consider a balanced spiritual life. A balanced spiritual life is about God, people and you. What is your relationship with God? If your relationship with God is sound, it should translate into the way you relate with people generally and finally how you take care of yourself.
Secondly, the biblical indices for a balanced spiritual life are contained in Luke 2:52: “And Jesus increased in wisdom (psychological, social), in stature (physical, biological), and in favour (spiritual) with God and with people.” From the foregoing, a balanced spiritual life is holistic and it is not a life that we pick and choose which aspect of life to focus on at the expense of the other. We get ill or sick most times because we consciously or unconsciously neglect some vital parts of our life. Take for instance a person who claims to be fostering a spiritual life but is not social. By being social we meaning having a good relationship with his or her family, friends and the society. Such a person could befriend others healthily and be befriended. He/she visits, plays, exercises and interacts. In sum, you cannot be said to be spiritually balanced in life, if you lack a psychological (mental, emotional), and social functioning and vice versa. So, the rule is this: we should strive to give attention to every aspect of our lives. The key word is be holistic in your approach to life. What is health? World Health Organisation says it is “A complete state of physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” The rule of the thumb is viewing and living life from a holistic point of view. May God give us the grace to embrace the full life He has given us through Christ our Lord, Amen. God bless you!