blog Are You Making Any of These 3 Common Mistakes That Keep You From Growing Spiritually? How To Get Back On Track. (Yes, You.)

Are You Making Any of These 3 Common Mistakes That Keep You From Growing Spiritually? How To Get Back On Track. (Yes, You.)

3 mistakesIntentional spiritual growth is the number one strategy for keeping your relationships with God, with others and your own soul vital and strong. People in your circles of influence will be drawn to the feeling of God working in you and then want to know more from you.
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And you DO want to grow spiritually, right?
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Here are 3 of the most common mistakes and what to do instead.
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Mistake #1 – Hoping that spiritual growth will somehow just happen on it’s own.
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As kids, we need parents to make us brush our teeth and wash ourselves every day. As adults, if we don’t take responsibility for these things, they don’t get done. The same goes for spiritual growth.
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What to do instead – Live as a spiritual adult.
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Bring the same diligence to your spiritual hygiene that you do to your physical hygiene.
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Mistake #2 – Thinking that church attendance will cover all your needs.
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Church attendance, as well as participation in groups and classes, certainly brings rewards. But thinking that being present will result in the growth you desire is like hanging around in a gym and thinking that you will lose weight from simply being there.
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What to do instead – Give yourself permission to seek out and follow a time tested program of spiritual growth.
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Working with a trained spiritual director can increase your sense of inner peace and connection to God. A director can also help you navigate a sense of calling in your life, and help you to untangle questions of discernment.
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Mistake #3 – Believing that working for a church will get the job done.
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This doesn’t apply to everyone, but it does apply to anyone working for or volunteering in a church. And it is a soul killer.
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What to do instead – Take personal responsibility for the health of your own relationship with God, outside of your role in the church.
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God invites you to this personal relationship, but you are the only one who can take the step forward.
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and a bonus mistake (#4) – Not finding simple growth practices to begin to use immediately.
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Almost every person I talk to says that want to grow spiritually. They have an idea of what they want to do and not enough time to do it. At the same time they know they need to do something.
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What to do instead – Grab your free copy of  ‘Soul Care for the Rest of Us: Simple Time Tested Steps to Spiritual Growth.’
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It addresses the hidden fears that are holding you back and teaches quick and effective practices that kickstart your spiritual growth. You can claim your Free Instant Access to our exclusive ‘Soul Care for the Rest of Us: Simple Time Tested Steps to Spiritual Growth‘ when you visit http://redbackpack.net/soulcarebook
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As a bonus here is a link to an Mp3 recording and transcript of a beautiful guided prayer that you can begin to use today on your path to increasing your spiritual strength. http://redbackpack.net/guided-prayer-i-have-time/
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Brought to you by Bill Todd, Spiritual Director at Red Backpack – Committed to Your Spiritual Growth.

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