A Journey of Self-Discovery
by Joanne Troppello
A journey of self-discovery is bittersweet—first, you see the person you are and then, you see the person God wants you to become. Who am I? What kind of person is looking back at me when I look in the mirror each day? That question has been on my mind lately.
The Journey Begins
My husband and I recently read the book, Deadly Emotions by Dr. Don Colbert.
We read a section every night after our Bible reading time before we prayed together. This book was extremely intense—but in a good way. We’ve learned how negative emotions are really toxic for your physical body and that there is a connection between your mind/soul, body, and spirit. I inherently knew that, but this book has driven that point home to me.
My Spiritual Journey
In this life each person carries baggage. It is part of life’s cycle. We’re born, we live, and we die. The important question is what are you doing with your time while you’re here? Are you living and preparing for eternity? Do you even care what’s going to happen when you die? Do you think how you live your life even matters?
I think the how and the why matters more than we think they do. As a Christian, I am saved by grace and know where I’m going when I die, but I still believe that “faith without works is dead.” God has called us to be good stewards of our lives—time, talents, wealth, the whole package. Are we living with an attitude of gratitude or only looking at things with the glass is half-empty perspective? Are we living with the good of others in mind or only for our own gain?
This book has gotten me thinking about life. I’m trying to live my life being good to my body. I work out each day and I try to eat healthy foods, but have I really been good to my soul? Yes, I’ve been feeding my spirit by reading God’s Word and praying, but I’ve been neglecting my mind/soul. Every time I allow anger, depression, tension or any other negative emotion to rule in my life, it is not only harming my mind/soul, but also is negatively affecting my physical body.
My Pastor once said if you get two out of three in line, the other one will fall into place as well. He was speaking about feeding the spirit with God’s Word and taking care of your soul and emotions so that your flesh would stay in line. So, that’s where I’m at right now—really learning how to take my time on this journey of self-discovery and find out how to become the woman of faith God really wants me to be. His grace is definitely sufficient for ALL things!
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel.
She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, app recommendations, and content for blogs.