Life Hacks are an interesting thing. They’re supposed to be new and improved ways for doing every day things to complicated DIY projects real easy and fast, in different ways than you’re used to. I’ve seen them up and down on my Facebook news feed and even adds on the side. I’ve seen some things on Mental Floss.com where they either debunk or confirm some of these life hacks.
In a time of spirituality and a need to be spiritual, there is a desire to live a spiritual life. Now, this got me to thinking: Are there any spiritual life hacks? Is there anything out there that would make being spiritual easier? Is there anything out there that might make something complex as spirituality and living a spiritual life easier simpler to do in a more creative way?
Spiritual Life Hack 1: Rhythm. One way to do spirituality is to have rhythm. I’m not talking about being able to clap on beat (Lord knows that’s something I can’t do to save my life). It’s having a natural rhythm in life of seeking and living, of resting and doing.
Jesus is a prime example of this. In his hurried and hectic ministry schedule he lived a rhythm of prayer and ministry. Mark talks about this, after a time of tough ministry and right before more ministry we read
“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” Mark 1:35
He had rhythm in his life. So should you. To live a solid spiritual life, create a rhythm of prayer and serving, work and rest.
Spiritual Life Hack 2: Prayer. As noted above, Jesus took time to pray. A spiritual life hack is prayer. How do you deal with things during the day? Pray. How do you handle stress? Pray. How do you discern possible directions to go for the future? Pray. How do you handle an argument with a spouse, family member, etc? Pray. Simple.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6
And pray continually. There are times where prayer is needed quickly, so short bursts of prayer are good and needed. Other times, contemplative prayer is needed in seeking God’s direction. And then actually listening to Him speak to you in prayer. Listening is part of prayer. And when we seek God in prayer, with rhythm, there is peace.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Prayer helps you refocus and reorientates where you’re at and where you’re going.
Spiritual Life Hack 3: Submit. Dude. Harsh. We don’t like that word. But a good solid spiritual life hack is submission. What does this mean? It means submitting to God through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit. It means to try to set aside some of your wants and desires and seek out what God’s wants and desires are. Even if you say you’re spiritual but not religious, you have to at least say there’s a higher power. And if you’re an atheist, you at least agree that humanity should do good to help others for the common good. So submit to that. Now, I say with assurance and knowledge that God is real and exists and wants us to do the works He has planned out in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). Submitting to the wants and desires of God helps you begin to see how temporary stuff is and how eternal people are. You begin to see the need for Biblical justice (not social justice or something like that) and the need to serve as Jesus served.
Spiritual Life Hack 4: Walk with Jesus. To tell the truth, without Jesus and His Holy Spirit at work, these life hacks aren’t fully possible but they don’t amount to a hill of beans. There are many people out there who want to do good, who call for justice to be done, who call for the needy to be helped, who call for the hungry to be fed, the naked to be clothed, the poor to be helped. Yet without walking with Jesus, none of this really matters much as is more like screaming into the winds of the Santa Anas.
The prophet Micah speaks God’s words rightly when he says
“He has shown you…what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
None of this matters, not spirituality, not submission, not rhythm, not anything, if you’re not walking humbly with Jesus.
So how do you walk humbly with Jesus? Read God’s word. Not just the Gospels but all of it. Learn Jesus’ thoughts. Learn His teachings, learn His ways, for his yoke, his teachings, are easy and his burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). Part of the spiritual life hack is studying God’s word. Meditating on it. Focusing on it. When you do, you begin to understand the importance of following and knowing Jesus. If you just try to be spiritual and stay away from “organized religion” you’re missing out on one of the greatest spiritual life hacks of them all: Jesus. He gets you through it all. He is present and walks with you through it all. He does the work for you. Best. Spiritual Life Hack. Ever.
Of course, there are more spiritual life hacks out there. What are some of yours?