Faith is a never ending messy story of how we live out our relationship with God.
Tonight, I taught a class on how to live your life on mission, as part of our joining our church. Last week was part one. Tonight, was part two and we talked a lot about our faith story.
I shared with the class my faith story and how my story hasn’t ended. I told them that I still don’t have it all together. I still don’t have all the answers.
One of things I look forward to most is hearing everyone that’s in the class share their story with each other. They share in small groups where God has brought them from and what God is doing in their lives right now.
It’s amazing to hear God at work in people’s lives. At work in families. At work in messy situations.
I was reminded last night of how messy our journey is. I was reminded of a few quotes from “Messy Spirituality” by Mike Yaconelli
“Spirituality isn’t about being finished and perfect; spirituality is about trusting God in our unfinishedness.”
“…it turns out that what disqualifies you and me from “spirituality” – the mess of our lives and our crippledness – is what most qualifies us to be chosen by Jesus… Some of us actually believe that until we choose the correct way to live, we aren’t chooseable, that until we clean up the mess, Jesus won’t have anything to do with us. The opposite is true.Until we admit we are a mess, Jesus won’t have anything to do with us.”
The power of our story is that our story is a beautiful mess. A mess that is filled with real people, real situations, and real questions. A mess that is beautiful because it is filled with real people, real situations, and real faith.
As we talked tonight, I was reminded of how messy my faith journey has been…and of how it’s not missed yet.
I’m so thankful for my journey and where God has led me too.
I’m so thankful for the church I am in that allows people to lead a beautifully messy journey as they discover how to follow Jesus.
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It’s easy for me to view things only in spiritual terms, to care about how I am doing spiritually. Then I read this verse in John’s 3 letter…
3 John 1:2
Dear friend, I know that you are spiritually well. I pray that you’re doing well in every other way and that you’re healthy. (GNT)
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.(KJV)
- Healthy–in the Greek hugiaino (hoog-ee-ah’-ee-no) meaning to have sound health, i.e. be well (in body), to be uncorrupt- true in doctrine, be in health, be safe and sound, be wholesome.
It’s easy to get caught spending hours on my spiritual condition; spiritual experiences and spiritual knowledge but little time on the other areas of my life. I can spend hours reading, hour studying, and in prayer…but minutes on working on relationships or my body.
What could a correct view of our entire lives look like?
- Spiritual-our connection with God
- Body- our body health
- Mind- learning is living
- Heart- our purity and our passion
- Others- our relationships with others
Ask yourself these questions to see if your life is truly healthy?
- When was the last time I spent an hour doing something for a friend without expecting a thank-you? (Relationship)
- When was the last time I ate less and worked out? (Body)
- When was the last time I turned off the noise, the technology, and got alone with God? (Spiritual)
- When was the last time I learned something new (not something spiritual) and now use it on a regular basis? (Mind)
- When was the last time I cried for the wrong things I’ve done? (Heart)
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