Millions of Americans start each year with a fresh perspective. But as the year goes on, more and more people find themselves forgetting the "new you" they set out to embrace and fall back into old habits. Here are some ways to spiritually refresh and reset this spring.
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New Year’s Day is a great time to start fresh, but there’s no hard or fast rule proclaiming that this is the only time of year people can take steps toward self-betterment.
The best way to make a change is to ensure that one’s focus is intact. So, with the start of a new season, let’s explore three ways that every person can refresh and engage in a little spiritual “spring cleaning.”
How To Refresh: Bible Verses About Spring
Read Scripture Daily
Life is busy, and the ensuing chaos can sometimes lead people away from engaging in daily scripture readings and prayer. Yet the Bible is precisely the place to go when you need to spiritual refresh your mind.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) clearly proclaims:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
So, no matter what your goals are for self-improvement, the Bible is the best place to start. If people keep Truth at the center, it’s much easier for everything else to come together.
If you’re not sure where to start, try a devotional that will help you walk through Scriptures intentionally each day.
Turn to Prayer
And while Bible reading is surely an excellent way to refresh perspective, there’s a related element that’s also quite essential: prayer.
Getting more relational with God can help people refocus, figure out the best plan for their lives and inform their decisions moving forward throughout the remainder of the year.
Furthermore, it can help guide believers through the inevitable challenges, struggles and uncertainties that are likely to emerge in the coming days, weeks and months. After all, Romans 12:12 (NIV) instructs:
“Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”
Consider starting each morning by writing down three things you’re grateful for and by thanking God for the blessings in your life. You can also add one frustration or worry and ask God for help. Morning or evening journaling is an excellent way to refresh and intensify your prayer life.
Be Intentional in Your Interactions
Last but not least, it’s important to be more intentional when it comes to human interactions. Jesus commanded Christians in Mark 12:31 (NIV" to love God and love others and proclaimed that there is “no commandment greater than these.” With that in mind, turning more to scripture and prayer satisfies the first commandment, while doing more for others tackles the second.
As people refresh their perspectives this spring, it’s important to remember to not only look for ways to help others with acts of kindness that invigorate our own spirits, but to also take a deeper and introspective look at how each person is interacting in real life and on social media.
Are people speaking and responding with love? Are they letting God guide their perspectives and, thus, their interactions? Now is the time to spiritually refresh yourself and your family.
So, there you have it. Setting individualized goals is great, but these three universal tips will surely help people reset their perspectives this spring — and beyond.
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