Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today – August 8

In many Christian circles, making something of ourselves is seen to be unspiritual. As it goes, “if you just do what God tells you to do and remove yourself from any responsibility, then you’re on the heavenly road to the highest form of what a spiritual person looks like.” One of the major problems with such a configuration is that most of the time people spend enormous amounts of energy searching for what they’re supposed to do and how to get rid of themselves, which is easier said than done. Doing and not being is the mantra that controls this picture. But going round and round in circles, not knowing where we’re headed, will not develop a living spirituality. Being in community with God, however, is always to precede doing and making. God has offered us plenty of portraits of who to be, what to do, and how to make something out of ourselves from what has been given and when we act on these he is clapping his hands and saying, “well be’d, done, and made.”