Beginning the path of mindful Christian spiritual living

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If you have not already explored what it means to live a focused and mindful Christian spiritual life, then please review the ten premises explored here. In this article, the reader will hopefully gain insight on where to begin their journey toward a mindfully based spiritual Christian life.

To understand what we mean by a focused and mindfully spiritual Christian life is summed up with this statement: “…the first guiding principle of living a mindful Christian life that is spiritually enriching, possessing a sense of meaning, and having a defined sense of purpose.”

The step that begins this journey is by becoming conscious and committed toward spiritual growth that is enriching whereby we derive meaning and purpose. By saying, “Yes, I am committed to my own personal spiritual growth” means we desire to expand and embrace who we may possibly become. It also provides a place where we may realize possibilities in how to contribute within our families, workplace, and communities. Our spiritual growth and maturation may have greater impact on those around us.

This does not mean we already know the outcomes that come about. Neither the means by which we will face and overcome adversity. It merely means we are ready to place our faith and trust within the process and journey – while finding joy in how we are changing and deepening our sense of well-being.

Through our initial step toward spiritual edification there are possibilities for us to explore. And, this is the most difficult step we may take. However, when we are fully committed to enriching and deepening our spiritual lives through mindful Christian Living, we are going to experience a deeper knowledge of who we are. In addition, we may gain greater insight and deeper sense of worth, freedom, belonging, and fun.

Commit to implement spiritual disciplines

I recommend Donald S. Whitney’s classic book on the spiritual disciplines. This is one of the go to books for those who are new to the Christian faith, individuals who have not fully come to experience an enriching and satisfying Christian life, or, those who are coming back to recommit themselves in following Christ.


216178_1_ftcSpiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Updated 20th Anniversary Edition

By Donald S. Whitney / NavPress

Spiritual discipline sounds great in theory, but putting it into practice takes time and determination! Updated and revised for a new generation, Whitney’s guide reveals the importance of the disciplines; shows how they’ll help you grow in godliness; and offers practical suggestions for cultivating them in your daily life. Includes in-depth discussions. These disciplines include scripture reading, worship, silence and solitude, journaling, and more. He shows how the Spiritual Disciplines, far from being legalistic, restrictive, or binding as they’re often perceived, are actually the means of unparalleled spiritual liberty.


Understand the nature and cost of Discipleship

Another classic recommendation to help assist you in making the necessary step toward an enriching and satisfying mindful Christian spiritual life is Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic work.

83850_1_ftc_dpThe Cost of Discipleship

By Dietrich Bonhoeffer / Touchstone

The Cost of Discipleship compels the reader to face himself and God in any situation. Bonhoeffer speaks of “Cheap Grace”: preaching forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession. “Cheap Grace” is grace without discipleship. “Costly Grace” is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. “It’s costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.”


These two book recommendations are available for purchase through their affiliate links to Christian Books. Your purchase helps support this website, its mission and purpose, and 10% of all commissions will be donated to the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.

 

Published by Timothy R. Berman

Founder and content provider for Damascus Way Recovery. Developing relevant content to educate, inform, and empower conversations regarding Homelessness, Substance use Disorders, and Mental Health issues from a Christian perspective and worldview.

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