Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Growth

Since moving to the Savannah area, I have really enjoyed our day trips to the many surrounding areas. From walking on the beach on Tybee Island to having lunch on the river in Savannah, to even driving through a wildlife refuge. In all cases, being outdoors brings me a sense of peace.  It opens me up to the beauty around me. 

Fun in the sun can be spiritually enlightening. Summer is a time for more than just meaningless activities with your friends. Instead, this summer can be packed with activities that can enlighten and empower you and your friends!

Spiritual growth means more than simply sitting in church, attending a class, or meditating. Spiritual growth can come from simple pleasures like a few minutes of contemplative thought about your life, past, future, or anything that means a lot to you.

The only requirement for spiritual growth is a willingness to think deeply about the values you possess and what matters most to you.

Summer Fun Doesn’t Have To Be In The Sun

The summertime offers more than simply enjoying the sand, surf, and sunshine of the beach. You can beat the heat indoors or use the warm evenings of summer as a time to grow spiritually. Many people enjoy spending time near a large body of water such as a lake or ocean in the summertime. Summer nights near the water provide an excellent backdrop for you to relax.

Sit quietly, and really listen to all of the sounds around you. You can do this alone or with friends. A group outing can be very spiritual if everyone is in the same frame of mind about what you’re trying to accomplish. Anyone who’s interested in finding out more about themselves can participate, and the benefits are worth the time invested.

Try these suggestions for summer fun and spiritual growth:


  • Spend time around a campfire.
  • Travel to the beach and watch the waves.
  • Get away to a peaceful destination, such as a trail or park.
  • Take a class or attend a retreat.
  • Examine the value in the small things you do.

As you begin to explore ways to have fun while still getting something meaningful out of it, your friends who haven’t yet joined you will be intrigued. People will want what you have because of your example of inner peace and freedom. Your friends may not yet completely understand your journey, but they’ll be eager to share in its benefits.

Bright Sunshine Means a Bright Future

Even when the sun is bright and many people are playing, you can use your playtime to grow and develop. You can learn much about yourself while you’re at play, simply by examining the kinds of things you choose to do with your free time. Let yourself go. Really see and feel what you’re doing. Appreciate what you’re capable of.

Your body, just like your mind, is capable of much more than you can possibly imagine. When you use your body, think about what you’re doing. Live in the moment. Take the time to enjoy what you can do and instead of taking it for granted.

While enjoying the summer sunshine, realize what a glorious gift you have in life itself. Take time to laugh, run, play, and let your hair down. Savor each moment of your summer instead of taking it for granted. Your life and your summer are beautiful gifts, make the most of them!

Dawn Hurlebaus