A reader sent the following “signs of spiritual growth” that she got from a 12-step-program buddy. The list is a fun way to remember that it’s not situations themselves that are frustrating, disappointing, or hopeless. It’s our response to them that disturbs us.
No denying that a great disappointment hurts. But it’s our response that determines our choice to either calmly trust God and wait for the blessing that comes out of it, or to turn our back on God—and on our own happiness in that moment!
When I read the list, I notice some things I’ve made progress on and others that still need some prayer and effort. Reading #4 makes me smile because I do have a habit of thanking God all the time — when I discover a piece of chocolate in the back of the cupboard when I thought I was out, and also when I run out of toner in the middle of printing. I just know God doesn’t waste anything pleasant or unpleasant and he doesn’t want me to, either.
Hope this list helps you do a little spiritual inventory, too. And to celebrate what God has accomplished in you!
Scroll down and type the number of the one you’ve seen the most change in.
12 Signs of Spiritual Growth
Did someone say “appreciation”? A 3-min video on how I received the gift of gratitude, even in the midst of pain.