In the last year, I’ve “enjoyed” two kinds of robust, daily therapy. Last year I did a few months of physical therapy to recover from some shoulder surgery. This year, I get to try brain therapy, which is helping me recover from a concussion a few months back. All of this has made me think about the whole concept of therapy (a word that comes from a Greek word for “heal”).
Some of the things I’ve learned about therapy are super relevant for our spiritual growth & not just physical / brain therapy. Consider the following:
Consistent – doing exercises everyday is essential to getting better / well (growing in our spiritual life happens best when we are most consistent & daily)
Small victories – don’t belittle nor shame incremental progress; recovery is often a journey & not just a sprint (sometimes spiritual growth isn’t blatant & obvious)
Accountability – my wonderful family has been super encouraging to help me stay the course & not quit (church family & small groups come to mind in relation to spiritual therapy)
Constant improvement – seems to me that we either grow or we regress and the idea of treading water isn’t helpful
Let’s keep growing & doing our exercises, physically, mentally & spiritually!
Our spiritual exercises include daily prayer & Bible time, along w consistent community / fellowship 🙂
Today is hopefully my final orthopedic surgeon appointment where he tells me that I have the green light to do any activity I want 🙂
This has been a very long journey, starting back at the very beginning of January when I dislocated my shoulder during some snowboarding. When I think of all of the things related to my shoulder that have transpired since the original injury, it has indeed been a very long journey that’s including multiple international trips, surgery, weeks of sleeping on the couch, hours of physical therapy with my steady & divinely supportive husband walking patiently with me through all of this journey.
Sometimes we experience pain & trauma in our lives & we want a quick fix or miraculous healing – instant transformation would be supremely awesome! But alas, it seems to me that Holy Spirit more often walks us through some long roads with incremental progress: bits, pieces, parts & steps. Perhaps the Holy Spirit chooses the long road for our healing to have the maximum quality of intimacy with us. Just something to consider on your journey this day 🙂
My new physical therapy exercise is called Turkish Get-Ups & they’re very exciting, so say I with a smirk. I’m supposed to hold some kind of weight, do some weird getting up thing & pretend I’m nimble, maybe.
This is all very exciting because I can see that I’m making progress – to the point that I can do Turkish Get-Ups. Even though I feel uber silly doing these crazy exercises, I’m totally committed to doing them because they’re helping me to reach my goal to go snowboarding, swimming, jogging, paragliding & possibly wingsuit jumping.
Sometimes our spiritual development can be a little bit like Turkish Get-Ups. As we keep growing in our walk with God, sometimes we get to do things that might feel silly. Let’s appreciate, however, that if our flesh feels uncomfortable & silly but our spirits are growing, then ultimately that’s not bad: Maybe we need to pray out loud for someone today.
Maybe we need to ask God for some of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to move in our lives.
Maybe we need to choose to be patient when we’d prefer to rip off someone’s head.
Maybe we need to ask for God’s help in our daily living rather than trying to be independent 🙂