‘He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:4 ESV
We think about many things on a daily basis; in fact, most of us are exposed to information overload which impacts our ability to maintain a well-balanced lifestyle. Although our world is dynamic-constantly changing, the continuous flow of information delivered through spoken, and written channels results in a bombardment that impacts our mind-body connection; and causes an imbalance that we were not created to endure on a sustained basis.
Unless we set boundaries, the stressors of daily life will prevent us from enjoying the quiet peace that our bodies require to maintain homeostasis-internal balance. Without relaxation, and intentional solitude we begin to travel the fast track leading to mental and physical burnout which causes an acceleration of the aging process of our brains and bodies.
When we continue to push beyond healthy limits, internal mechanisms are jump-started as the body attempts to protect itself by giving noticeable signs and symptoms; yawning, dozing off, forgetfulness, lack of energy, extreme mental and physical fatigue, change in emotions or moodiness, headaches or an increase in illnesses, especially colds.
Continuous exposure to overwhelming stress affects our relationship with God, we may possess the desire to have spiritual growth and to draw closer to God; but our state of physical exhaustion or mental fatigue prevents us from praying effectual prayers and taking the time to have focused studies of the Word of God. It is unfortunate that our praise and worship time with God is the first to diminish when we are overloaded with secular activities.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. Revelation 21:1 ESV
Thankfully, we do have the ability to make spiritually healthy decisions for immediate changes; recognition and elimination of the distractions that prevent our spiritual growth is the first step to regaining a balanced lifestyle. In order to prepare ourselves for the New Heaven and New Earth that is described in Revelation chapters 21 and 22, we must begin now by prioritizing; Communing with God should be first and foremost in our day-to-day activities of life.
Each day, search for a quiet place to relax or take a power nap if required; dismiss all secular thoughts and prevent distractions; when refreshed, establish a time of deep worship by praying and reading Revelation chapters 21 & 22 until you have the description of heaven committed to memory.
In our imperfect world, we are still afforded the opportunity to achieve spiritual growth, to establish habits of praise and worship and to look forward to what God has in store for us in His perfect world–the New Heaven and the New Earth.
Stay in His presence!
Bible Readings: Revelation 21-22
Prayer for today: Dear Lord and Father of all mankind, We thank you for the ability to praise and worship you as we prepare for Eternal life in the New Heaven and the New Earth. We confess that we have not spent the time necessary to grow closer to you and we ask forgiveness of our sins that have caused separation from you. We ask for your Divine intervention as we change our lifestyle to eliminate all unnecessary distractions. We look forward to living in the perfect world with you forever and ever. We ask this prayer in the Worthy Name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019