Starting a new journey often feels intimidating. I share some prompts and questions in this episode to help you find a personal focus for your spiritual path.
Here’s the podcast transcript:
Welcome to Sabbath Cafe Podcast. You’re listening to Episode 112 – Finding a personal theme for your spiritual life.
So last time we talked about writing a letter to God. And it’s a chance to get reacquainted. I hope you at least gave it a try. I’m hoping writing a letter gave you some momentum so you can continue that dialogue with God. Today, I’ll share about how to find a theme for your spiritual life.
When you’re starting your own spiritual journey, one of the more challenging things is that now it’s more free form. It’s not as structured. So I get questions from people asking about that because they’re used to going to church and having a sermon or Sunday school program already planned for them. There’s a theme that’s already picked out. And suddenly, when you start your own walk with God, and you’re like what do I focus on? What do I do?
So today, let’s look at 2 simple ways to start your own program.
The first question I often ask people is what are some verses that you’ve been thinking about lately? If there are scriptures that come to mind a lot, start writing them down. And look it up. Read up the whole chapter… or the whole story, if it’s about a Bible character. The other day, I was praying, and something reminded me about Queen Esther, so I read parts of the Book of Esther. It was very insightful and helped answer my questions. Is your name Joseph? Maybe you can read up on the story of Joseph. The key is to keep your heart open and see what truths or insights jump out at you while you’re in this process.
Another helpful question is… what’s a topic you’ve been curious about or you think about often? Is there a question you’ve been wanting to ask God about? For a season, I was curious about prayer. The idea that a normal person like me can influence the divine is simply fascinating. So I went to a Bible website, and searched for all the scriptures about prayer in the New Testament. Surprisingly, there weren’t too many in the New Testament. So I just started reading through them. And I learned a lot about prayer from that.
So as you can see, there are many ways you can start your own spiritual journey.
The important thing is to find something that you’re interested about so you can start a dialog with God. I’ve found that God is so ready to share His thoughts with us in a personal way… It almost doesn’t matter how or why we come to Him… As long as we do, He will take that opportunity to connect with us. So feel free to jump in wherever you’re at in your journey.
I hope the ideas I’ve shared in this podcast have been helpful, and I hope you try it. Have fun, and I’ll see you in the next podcast.