7 Good Habits for Faith: Build a Strong Spiritual Life

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prayer 7 Good Habits for Faith: Build a Strong Spiritual Life Are you a strong spiritual person?

We have to develop good habits to build our faith.  My faith adds meaning, purpose and significance to my life which are all powerful components of living life to the fullest. 

So, how can we cultivate a deeper spiritual connection in a world that doesn’t seem to lend itself to such?

It has to be an intentional pursuit.  It has to be something we seek on a continual basis.  We have to develop good habits for our faith to flourish.

Why does it have to be so intentional?  Because the world seems to want to crowd out this part of our lives. 

Regular people have a lot going on and if we don’t incorporate these good habits for faith into our daily routines, then we’ll wake up one morning and realize our spiritual lives have all but disappeared.

Making Good Habits for Faith a Priority

When I think about developing good habits for faith, the story Stephen Covey tells in his “Putting First Things First” chapter of The Seven Habits for Highly Effective People comes to my mind.  I can’t remember the whole story, but I do recall the following about it:

Some people are given a jar, some sand, some gravel and some larger rocks.  They are instructed to get as much of the material into the jar as possible.  On their first attempt, they put the sand and gravel in the jar first.  But they soon find that once they do this, the jar is too full for much of the bigger rocks to fit.  It is only when they put the big rocks in first, pour in the gravel second so it can fill in the gaps between the bigger rocks and then put the sand in last to fill whatever space is left that they get the most into the jar.

 

This is the way it is with our spiritual lives.  If we try to squeeze our spirituality into whatever time is leftover after we work, take care of the kids and mow the grass, then it just doesn’t fit.  We have to make these habits our first priority.  If we want to really grow our faith, we must put this big priority on our schedule before all the other little things that fill our time so quickly and easily .

Once we’ve establish the proper priority, then we can move on to living out the habits for faith.

7 Good Habits for Faith Building

The following intentional activities will prepare the soil of our hearts and minds for our faith to grow just like a farmer prepares a field before he plants.  If we make these activities a regular part of our daily lives, then we will surely harvest a deeper, more lasting faith.

Here are the seven good habits for faith building:

1.  Solitude

We live in a noisy, hurried world.  There is always something that “needs” to be done.  However, faith usually seems to grow best in the small, quiet moments.  We need to get alone with our faith so we can get in touch with our spiritual side.  Make a habit of practicing solitude for 15 to 30 minutes a day to contemplate and pray.  If you are unaccustomed to solitude, then it will likely be hard for you at first.  However, if you stick with it, this will likely become your favorite part of the day.

2.  Meditate

Meditation is simply a time of focused thought on a deep and meaningful topic.  It is a perfect thing to do during your time of solitude.  You can begin by clearing your mind and relaxing your body.  Try to calm the noise of spurious thoughts in your head.  Spend this small fraction of your day directing your thoughts inward and towards your faith.  Listen for insights that almost always seem to arise as you make room for your faith during quiet meditation.

3.  Study

Invest a little time in your faith to learn more about it.  Read, go to a class or participate in a discussion that will help you to go a little deeper.  I’d encourage you to really investigate your faith.  Challenge your preconceived or long-standing notions.  Push the boundaries during your study time of what is commonly accepted about your faith.  This is where you’ll often find renewed belief and greater understanding.  Sink your teeth into your faith and you’ll enjoy some real nourishment.

4.  Worship

Express your devotion to your faith during a time of worship.  You may prefer to worship with a lot of other people or by yourself.  It doesn’t matter.  It is really just what suits you best.  What does matter is your ability to let go of your inhibitions and let your heart soar with adoration.  Worship is a time of expanding.  Let your heart grow so it can hold even more faith.  You can dance or stand with your head bowed.  Worship is not a specific act.  It is letting yourself go to experience the joy and love within your faith.

5.  Service

Set aside some time on a regular basis to serve someone else as an act of faith.  Do something that helps people and requires you to sacrifice some time, energy and resources.  This will stretch you.  It is where the rubber meets the road in faith.  Giving of yourself to a worthy cause will not only benefit that cause, but you will also reap a reward.  The greater your service, the more you’ll grow.  I challenge you to give it a try and see if I’m right.

6.  Gather

Make it a habit to get together with other like-minded people on a weekly basis.  You can spend this time learning, worshipping, serving or just being together.  It doesn’t matter so much what you do, it is just the act of gathering together that is helpful.  I always grow in faith when I observe others expressing their faith.  I also grow from the sense of community and unity I feel when I’m around others that have the same faith as me.  This is a great habit to cultivate.

7.  Rituals

Rituals or religious traditions often get a bad rap.  They are thought of as old-fashioned and a symbol of a puritanical authority that we often reject.  However, I think that when practiced wisely, rituals are a pathway to a greater faith.  They are rooted in a rich history and are often loaded with abundant meaning.  Explore some of the old rituals to see if one is right for you.  You might just discover a whole new habit that can take you deeper than ever before!

What good habits for faith would you add to this list?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

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17 thoughts on “7 Good Habits for Faith: Build a Strong Spiritual Life

  1. Jeff, thanks for these fantastic reminders. I really like the reminders regarding solitude and meditation. As a Christian, I am glad to be part of a men’s small group Bible Study at my church where we encourage each other to memorize Scripture. Having the words of Scripture in my mind and heart at down times, such as when I am running, or falling asleep, is a blessing.
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    • Steve – I think we all need “vitamins for our minds”. We need those nuggets we carry around with us all the time that center us and give us hope. Filling our minds, hearts and souls with solid spiritual food is essential to a great life.

  2. I’d just like to suggest a companion reading to “7 Good Habits for Faith”. It’s a book called “Looking Good Naked” and it promises to provide healthy tips for looking and eating your best. It’s not about spirituality per se, but I think that to be your best inside and out, you have to start with a good healthy diet and a healthy attitude towards yourself.

  3. Guys,I’m here just to share a story which had changed my life extremely into balance and positivity,…I’ve meet an old woman who talked with about her last spiritual experience,and her wisdom or let’s say her philosophy in life…That experience made me start a deep mediation inside and outside…And I found that spiritual energy,is always in top or the motor of any radical change i life.

  4. Hie thanks for your posting I got inspired. I also feel its quite important to continuously share your faith (evangelism) you get discipled by the same scriptures you are sharing/teaching to the other person. Remember 2Timothy 3:16 at any given time we are in need of teaching, reproof, correcting and/or training and any scripture is capable of doing just that.

  5. you provide fire by night and a cloud by day, guiding us through our wanderings. You are present in our darkest hours, rain and sun alike come day by day, reminding us that we may rejoice to be alive at all. In your presence we regain confidence that worthwhile moments, that good and happy times, will come again. Grant us this joy, this mature happiness, and grace to share it with those around us.

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  6. dude i cant stop sinning, this is even worst than a regular sin because i know its a sin and i do it over and over again. and i know what the Bible says about that. can u PLEASE help me on this one. i pray and i feel that Gods not listening to me :( i’m crying over this please help.

    • Andiry, have you talked to anyone about this? I’d suggest speaking with a member of the clergy or a professional counselor. God will forgive you, but for your own sake, you need to get free from whatever this is. In my experience, this often takes some outside help. I wish you the best!

  7. Hi thanks 4 ‘ur posting i come across ur topic on 7 habit to grow in faith is wonderful,solitude has not been easy for me to practice infact when i want to do it that is when my mind will go round the whole world,it h’snt been easy practicing it i still need your help to help me grow my spiritual faith if thereas any materials like books i will appreciate it, i need to grow in spirit somanythings that i dont even need is occupying my mind pls help me i need to free my mind from the troubles of this world, thanks & God bless you.

  8. Very good post, just what I needed to read in moments when I seek how to strengthen my faith in the lord, I’ve experience heavy moments in my life in which god has spoken to me and reveled truth to me yet for some reason stupid thoughts always enter my mind. Thank you for he post and the advice

  9. Jeff,that’s a great one. I would really love 2 have u talk 2 some nigerian youths on the tips you’ve been sharing. I PERSONALLY FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS VERY ONE ON SPIRITUALITY…kudos!

  10. I have b trying to build my faith but all was invain,immediately i read dis passage i will try to make it build my faith.

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