Good Spiritual Hygiene!

Did you wash your face? Brush your teeth? Take a shower? With soap?

We can all hear our parents asking our kid selves these questions. As parents, from early on we try to teach our kids about good personal hygiene. Why? Hygiene is important!! It can make or break an initial impression or relationship. Nobody wants to be around the kid who smells bad, or who has bad breath right? Don’t you hate when your boss start looking over your shoulder at your computer screen and you can smell the coffee they drank 4 hours ago still on their breath? Or that customer that you didn’t give your best effort to because you were so distracted by their smell?

We’ve all been there. We have (hopefully) developed great hygiene routines throughout our lives and have found the perfect products and order that things need to occur for us to look, feel, and SMELL, our best! But what about your SPIRITUAL hygiene? How do you smell to God?

Personally, I shower first then brush my teeth (sometimes I brush them in the shower). But either way is fine, it’s just personal preference. But when talking about how you smell to God, the first thing you want to do is:

SHOWER: The purpose of a shower is to wash away all of the dirt, bacteria, grime, and even stress of whatever has built up on you throughout the day (or night). Here in the good old Americas, its typically done with a rag, soap, hot water. All products to ensure maximum cleanliness. So how do you shower before God? A spiritual shower is easy, when its genuine. The shower consists of simply asking forgiveness of all the sins or distractions that may have separated you from God. I must stress here that this NEEDS to be genuine, otherwise its like running the water over your body for a few minutes without the soap or rag. Sure you got wet, but were you cleaned? Asking forgiveness ensure automatic and optimal cleanliness before God.

So, you’ve showered. now:

Brush Your Teeth: As the shower is the purpose of cleaning the whole body, the method of tooth brushing cleans something that can only be done with a toothbrush and a special cleaning solution designed to fight the bacteria that you can’t see from the outside of your body. How do you brush your teeth spiritually? Brush up with your Word. Take an average of about 12 minutes a day just to get into the Word of God. Allow His Word to reach the places that may not have gotten through the shower. Learn more about anger and jealousy. Learn about relationships and good characteristics of a noble man or woman of God.

Shower (Check). Teeth Cleaned (Check).

Shave: While most men don’t typically shave, majority of women do. Many different areas of the body are shaved as well. Some large regions, some small. So what’s the purpose? It looks better. It feels better. And SOMETIMES, it can even DECREASE the level of bad bacteria introduced into your life. Now this is the part of Spiritual Hygiene that may come natural and easy in some regions, but may require a little more work and time in others. Here it goes: Remove those unwanted people, scenarios, conversations, and habits that don’t feel good to your spirit, don’t look good for your spirit, and are introducing a plethora of bad bacteria into your life! Easier said than done. But some things just need to be CUT OFF!

Okay. So we have cleaned all the areas in our spirit that need to be cleaned. Now is the part most people enjoy the most (at least I do). SMELLING GOOD!

The greatest evidence of your cleanliness is the way you smell once it’s all done. Sure it’s taken 45 minutes to get to this point, but before you walk out of the house, you want to make sure people know you took care of yourself! Now, to smell my best, I typically apply a lotion, a body mist, deodorant (don’t skip this step), and when I’m feeling fancy a perfume. The key to it though, is layering scents. I don’t use the same scent of lotion as body mist or perfume. I use different scents that compliment one another. So how do you apply like products to your spirit and layer scents when it comes to God?

Praise and Worship HimYou’ve spent all this time adjusting your flesh to the demands of your spirit in order to be pleasing to Him. What’s more pleasing than showing your love and adoration through a song, a dance, a shout, a cry, a run, or through whatever method you show this love? Thank God. Worship Him. Take the time out to just talk to Him. Let Him know He is on your mind. I know that sounds simple, and your still wandering how to layer the scents of praise and worship right. Do these things in ALL circumstances. Don’t just do it when you’ve gotten the breakthrough you were waiting on or the promotion came early, do it when you don’t have a dime to your name and your kids just won’t act right. Don’t just do it when you’re happy, but do it when you’re sad, lonely, and depressed. Layer the praise and worship with applying it in any and all circumstances!

Now. Depending on how many times I have hit the snooze button, it takes me about 30 minutes to an hour to finish my whole hygiene routine, DAILY. It’s not a thing that’s accomplished quickly (when done the way I know is right for me), nor is done on an inconsistent basis. So now that you know how you can improve areas of your spiritual hygiene, do it consistently to contribute to your overall Spiritual Health! 🙂

Read Review: “The Shack”

If I ran (or did any form of exercise for that matter) as much as I read, I would be the most fit person in the world. But, I hate running. And I LOVE reading! I have a bit of a nerd obsession that just puts me in a happy place when I sit on my sofa with a cup of tea or coffee with a great book!

For those of you who HATE spending your hard earned money on books that don’t seem to grasp your attention, or that just weren’t what you thought they were, grab a snack and a glass of water, because this evening I will review Paul Young’s “The Shack“.

The Shack is the first fictional book that actually took me on a journey that gave me perspective into my own spiritual life. For starters, from my understanding, the book is a fiction work, but it is extremely creative. It essentially covers one man’s weekend, that took him on his own spiritual journey. The main character of the story has lost his faith, actually I would say he threw it away, and gets the opportunity to encounter a special weekend with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the weekend, he finds himself in a place, the shack, where the last few pieces of evidence were found of his youngest daughter. At this shack, he encounters the Trinity of God. For Christians, this may sound like a typical experience given the circumstances and his grave lack of faith, but it is the way the characters are portrayed that truly open the mind and imagination. The book doesn’t stick to the typical descriptions concerning appearance as we are taught to believe about the way God or Jesus looks. The characters are portrayed in ways, I personally, have NEVER thought to look at them. While I will say I don’t exactly view them this way now, I do focus less on what I think they look like and more so on the character that is each part of the Trinity.

In the book, God is portrayed as an African American woman, Jesus is a Middle Eastern Carpenter, and the Holy Spirit is a petite Asian woman. (I’m sure most imaginations don’t dream these images up when they think of the Holy Trinity.) The purpose of the book, outside of entertainment, I believe, isn’t to change your view of God, just your perspective. That’s what it did for me anyway.

After reading this book, and even after the plot began to unfold, I found that I had long since been putting God into a box that He didn’t belong in. My perspective was opened to the endless possibilities that are God. Adjusting something as simple, and common, as physical appearance can change the way of thinking about a whole person and that is what it did for me!

It did take a chapter or two for everything to be laid out with background (which can sometimes be my least favorite part), but the story was compelling and really encouraged me to take God out of the box I had put him in!

I believe this is a great read, and a great addition to the library, you can get a copy of the book on amazon via the link below (less than $10). If you enjoyed this post, subscribe to the Email newsletter and always get updates on when I post new content! I hope it has helped you and encouraged your reading goals.

The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity