Do you remember a couple of weeks ago I wrote a reflection of 2011? My physical transformation as well as my better health were evident to all. I wrote about things that everyone could see, like speaking in public, getting a job and getting my book out there. Oh, and losing weight as well.
But then I received an interesting message from my pastor. He said he’d be interested in how all this transformation had connected with my spirituality. And he asked me where God was present throughout. Well that got me to thinking…
You see, the Transformation process is very much a spiritual one. I guess I was so excited to share the outward changes, that I forgot to mention the inner ones.
So here we go…
I learned to forgive in Step 8 and I got rid of bitterness and resentments from past hurts.
Colossians 3:13: Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
I learned to be grateful, and to express that gratefulness daily, for everything from my relationships and physical comfort to just being thankful for a sunny day or flowers blooming. I expressed this daily.
1 Thessalonians 5:18: Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I learned to have focus and intention in my life, rather than just ‘going with the flow’.
Habakkuk 2:2 Write the vision; make it plain, so he may run who reads it.
I learned to praise others for their accomplishments and their handling of adversity. At the same time I learned to be transparent about my life issues, my failings and vulnerabilities.
1Tim 1:5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience…
I learned to accept responsibility for my own life and to let the people I love be responsible for their lives, rather than nagging and trying to change them.
Galatians 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.
I learned to treat my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit that it is, and to take better care of it by eating healthy food and exercising.
1Cor 6:19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?
As a serious person, I learned to see the lighter side of things, to not take myself so seriously and to laugh out loud.
Proverbs 15:15 …but he that is of a merry heart has a continual feast.
And as I received love and acceptance from my group, I learned to love and accept others, warts and all.
These are just a few of the spiritual benefits of transforming. Others include meditation, organization and giving back to your community. I have to say that as my outward self changed, my spiritual self transformed as well.
God was with me all the way, and He still is.
Thanks Tim, for the reminder!