You can feel it in the air. The sun feels warmer, birds are out again greeting us with their songs, trees seems to be reaching toward the sun waiting to burst forth with new buds, one less layer of clothes is needed. Spring. It's finally here and it brings new life. And while spring brings forth new life for nature, it can also bring new life for you. Instead of the typical spring cleaning that comes with this season, you can usher in new practices to renew your life, yourself, and those around you.
Winter has a nasty way of convincing us to settle into old habits or unhealthy ones. Whether it's eating processed junk, not exercising, binge watching TV, hibernating (or isolating yourself from family and friends), sinking into depression or not going to church, the winter season brings out a nasty habit (or two) in us all.
This spring, dedicate a portion of your day or week to changing one of those habits (see 1 Corinthians 9:27). Not sure which one to pick? Think about which one is the most unhealthy for you whether physically, mentally, or emotionally, and tackle that one first. Once you do, and you've spent the 21 days it takes to form a habit, you'll see positive change in your life and might even get the urge to change something else—be it your hairstyle or another nasty habit.
Spring brings forth so much life and you can let it inspire you to speak life into others' lives this season. Most of us have experienced what it's like to have someone do or say something small that's made our whole day better and changed our perspective. So why not do that for someone else every day (see 1 Thessalonians 5:11)?
If you set a goal to do something small but unexpected for someone else every day, you'll be surprised to see not only how much it does for someone else but what it does for you. Whether you buy someone chocolate, send an encouraging message, drop off a hot meal, or pop in to their home and offer to clean for 30 minutes, anything can work. Even if you don't get to see the affect it has on someone, you'll still feel better because you took time out of your day to be selfless and make someone else's day.
This one seems like a no brainer, right? It should be easy to just make prayer a regular thing. Yet our days are so filled with work, school, family, friends, and general keeping up with life that we don't even get a second sometimes to stop and think about when the last time we prayed was (not including to bless your food).
Praying throughout your day can start small. It can be in the morning while you're up and getting ready. It doesn't have to be out loud, it doesn't even have to be a certain amount of minutes in a row. It can be one or two phrases in your head while you're brushing your teeth, then another few phrases out loud while you're getting dressed. This can be kept up throughout the day and can be as small as "Lord help me get through this next part of my day that I'm really not looking forward to," or "Jesus thank you for the sunshine today, it has really helped lift my spirit and you knew I needed that!" or "God, I don't know why but I feel compelled to say a prayer for my friend right now so whatever is going on, I ask that she feel your peace and comfort." God wants us to talk to him, the lines are always open, he's just waiting for you to start (see Philippians 4:6). You'll be amazed at how much your stress and worry levels decrease, and your trust in Jesus increases.
The benefits of laughter have been studied time and time again. Laughter can reduce your blood pressure, relax your muscles, reduce stress, and even burn calories (but it's got to be the belly-shaking laughs to burn any calories)! If you can laugh, you can enjoy life and possibly live a little longer!
It's easy to get caught up in the negativity that seems to swallow this world whole lately, but it's important to remember not only what negativity and complaining can do to your physical health but your mental health. If you maintain a negative mindset, everything in your life will seem horrible, despite the fact that it might not actually be. But you can choose to look at life differently (see Philippians 4:4). You can be positive and learn to see the humor in all the little things in life. Don't take yourself too seriously and you'll find yourself laughing more and in better health. Plus, laughter is contagious so you just might change the life of someone else too.
The season of winter can really drag us down and make us feel like "same old, same old" in our day-to-day lives. Spring is the perfect time to shake things up and try something new in your life. It'll push you out of your comfort zone and make you feel more accomplished in your life.
Everyone has something they want to try, whether it's drastically changing your hair or going skydiving. But so many things hold us back—work, time, money, fear, you name it and we can list it as a reason for why not to try something. Let this season of new life inspire you to try something new in your life (even if it scares you). Push yourself out of your comfort zone and go for that thing you've been thinking about doing. You'll come away from it feeling empowered and accomplished. And who knows? You might even come away with a new hobby.
Don't let the dread of winter keep it's hold on you all season. Shake it off and move forward in your life. Trying one of these ways will help you do just that this spring. Above all, find new life in Jesus this spring.