Personal Spiritual Exercises
Each week we’re suggesting a couple of spiritual exercises. These are not required, but they may help us to actually live our faith and grow as followers of Jesus. Feel free to practice one or both of them. If a certain exercise is very helpful for you, maybe you can figure out a way to incorporate it into your daily life. Next week in your Life Group, take a few moments to share how either of these exercises may have changed your outlook on your daily life.
(1) (Kindness) One way we can practice loving our neighbors is by remembering people’s names. Is this something you are terrible at, something you value and work at, or something that comes naturally to you? This week, practice remembering people’s names, and calling people by name (even strangers with nametags). How did this change your interactions this week?
(2) (Ask God to change the way you see people) Start each morning with the following prayer:
Lord, in the silence of this newborn day, I come to request your peace, wisdom, strength.
Today I want to see the world with eyes full of love.
To be patient, understanding, humble, gentle and good.
To see your children behind outer appearances, as you see them also, so that I can appreciate the goodness in each one.
Close my hearing to all murmuring. Guard my tongue from all evil, that only your thoughts that bless others remain in me.
I want to be so well intentioned and good that all who draw near to me feel your presence.
Transform me with your goodness (kindness) Lord and make that in this day I reflect you. Amen.
At the end of the week, take a few moments to reflect, how did starting each day with this prayer, affect your daily interactions with people?