5 Ways to Avoid Spiritual Drift

By Karen Polich

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1 (NIV)

An adventurous afternoon of snorkeling came with clear waters and vibrant colors. There was so much to see as the tide carried me along. After several minutes exploring the wonders below the surface, I looked up and realized how far I was from where we started. Focused on the underwater beauty, I didn’t notice where I was going.

Ever wondered how you got somewhere?

Life is full of seasons and change, drifting shouldn’t be one of them. At times we may be so focused on our circumstances that we don’t notice where we are headed. We can avoid the drift in our spiritual life by taking steps to ensure we know where we are going or at least who we are traveling with.

  1. Get connected. “No man is an island.” (John Donne) God did not create us to exist in isolation. We need other people. Connections lead to inspiration, encouragement and accountability.
  2. Spend time with God. Make it a priority to study His Word every day. He has given us the tools we need to stay on track, but we have to use them. Spiritual growth won’t happen if we don’t seek God. Keep a prayer list and make note of when God moves through your prayer life.
  3. Count your blessings. In easy and hard seasons, look at what God is doing. How has He shown His faithfulness in the past? Notice the little things and the big ones.
  4. Encourage someone. Even a few words in a passing moment can change someone’s day. When we look for opportunities to encourage others, we become more aware of where we are. Shifting our focus outward quickly changes our perspective.
  5. Be intentional. Much can be said about the person who is intentional with their time and resources. Floating through life without intention won’t take us where we want to go. Choosing to live with intention means we are aware of who and what we focus on.

Seeking God first will center us on the path best traveled. Take time today to develop a plan to avoid drifting away from the best God has planned.

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