Spiritual Well-Being- What is faith?

Faith is an idea or concept that I believe we practice more often than we realize. Think of the times in our everyday lives that we must exercise faith. For instance, the simple act of sitting in a chair is really an act of faith. You must exercise faith when you decide to sit in the chair by assessing, “Is this chair going to hold me up?” And by faith you sit, having faith that it’s going to hold you up. You often hear people say I don’t want to have blind faith. I agree that blind faith is not a good idea. Remember the sitting in a chair example. What if you look at the chair and discover that it has missing bolts and is leaning, and seat is loose with bent legs. You would be right to question its ability to hold you up and it would be right to not put your faith in that chair.

Another everyday life example is when you travel to distant city that you have never see or visited before. You have faith that the city actually exists and that you’ll be able to get there at some point and do whatever you have planned to do in that city. Again, you are exercising faith that the city exist when you may have not seen that city before.

How does this discussion apply to our family strength of spiritual well-being?

We all exercise faith in our daily lives using several criteria:

1. Evidence of Reliability– Just as we make a judgement about whether a chair is reliable in being able to support use when we sit on it. We need to know when we desire to build our spiritual well-being that what we place our faith in is reliable. When considering faith in God we need to know that the evidence for the object of our faith is reliable. How do we determine the reliability of evidence for a God we cannot see? This is where the claims of Christianity far outweigh the claims of other religious faiths. Jesus claimed to be God and his claims can be examined and tested for reliability.

2. Testimony of Others– Just as we exercise faith to know that the cities we have never visited really do exist because we rely on the testimony of others. Faith in God is assisted by and discovered using the testimony of others. We hear the testimony of people who have had their lives transformed by the love of Jesus who was sent by God. You can read the testimony in the Bible. This faith perspective in life began when a group of Jesus’ disciples change from a depressed, fearful group to an empowered, encouraged group that were willing to die for the risen Jesus.

Next: Why is it important to consider faith in God & Jesus and Biblical authority as part of your spiritual well-being?

What is Spiritual Well-Being?

What is Spiritual Well-Being?

The foundational principle for Spiritual Well-Being is :Every human being has a sense that there is a power far greater than themselves.

That power is a sense of awe we feel when we look at the artistry and intricacy of the nature that is all around us. There is a connection or alignment that gives you peace and contentment.

Merriam-Webster defines spiritual as:

of or related to a person’s spirit;

of or related to religion or religious belief;

having similar values and ideas: related or joined in spirit.

Families contain individual people. Each person in the family has the ability to think, reason and act as individuals, so it is important to examine human nature and how we interact with each other.

The most important answers in life revolve around some basic questions.

When families work together in asking and answering those questions it helps them build connections.

We all have to come to an understanding of the answers to the following questions:

Who am I?

Why am I here?

Why do I act the way I do?

What are my strengths?

What are my flaws?

What is the meaning and purpose of my life?

In upcoming blog posts we will be exploring these questions and how this all relates to creating family connections and building strong and united families.

How Strong are Your Family Connections?

Here are some questions to ask yourself about each area of Family Strengths. Use the following rating scale.

1= Rarely 2= Occasionally 3= Intermittently 4= Often 5= Regularly  6=Consistently

How often are you encouraged in your spiritual well-being of love, sharing, compassion?

How often does family come first by time, energy, spirit and heart devoted to home life?

How often do you spend enjoyable time together as a family?

How often is listening communication and healthy disagreement happening in your family?

How often is appreciation and affection shown in your family?

How often does your family pull together during stress & crisis?

We will be exploring each of the following Strong Family Strengths in our goal of creating connected families.

Spiritual Well-Being

Commitment to Family

Spending Enjoyable Time Together

Positive Communication

Expressing Appreciation & Affection

Coping Effectively with Stress & Crisis

“A healthy family is a place we enter for comfort, development, and regeneration; a place from which we go forth renewed and charged with power for positive living.” Nick Stinnett & John DeFrain