A subscriber sent the following “signs of spiritual growth” 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.
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 noticed some things I had made progress in and others that still need some prayer and effort. Hope it 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
Janis S Sparks
This list makes me happy! I know that I can always improve myself and my spiritual life, such as reading and studying my Bible with an attitude of prayer, without distraction.
Thanks for your insight, Jan!
My experience of spiritual growth is functional. My blue mood can shift suddenly to cheery the moment I exchange a cheery greeting with a supermarket clerk, a barista or a friend. At church I found myself arriving earlier and earlier for mass and prayer groups, as much as Forty minutes ahead of time, because I couldn’t wait.
#1 – most progress . Try as I might, I’m surrendering to my lack of control over everyone and everything.
This is s great list! I am going to copy it and put in my daily reading book.
#12 – This one is most rewarding for joy comes in loving, not just in being loved.
Rose, I wish you’d offer this with your calligraphy, printed and framed! Shared it with my sister in the Chicago area, who says thanks!
Now that’s a GREAT idea. Wonderful words in Rose’s gorgeous lettering!
You ladies are inspiring me!
No 1 that is what life is ….2 at times smiles flow … we smile even when we are not smiling in our souls, acceptance of our particular problem … but give smiles, listening and may interject encourage or share in their joy 3 like your souls have always been connected 4 … giving to others often and accepting when we feel we may not have received appreciation, that thank youn for giving, …..helping etc another, and reminding yourself to be that person and friend 5 comes often times naturall. 6 .??? 7 May think you have ha ha NEVER…..8 Possibilities…can I take this or shall I look after myself….can I offer a thought ..silence speaks volumes. 9 yes doors can open and paths. 10 think of yourself in that situation 12 is that what Jesus taught do to others as you would want to be treated no ty expected.
Thanks for weighing in on all of them, Carmie!
the list is a great opportunity to ‘measure’ myself against what I hope to be.
Hope is so important right now! God bless!