My wife was a high school math teacher for 6 years at Wichita West High School. One of the classes she taught was math applications in which they have to apply the math they use into real life situations. In one project her students had to create model homes out of foam paper to size. One student in particular had a pool in his back yard. Part of assignment was adding the costs for the house and building materials. She noticed a really high price for water so she asked further about how they came to that price. Her student had calculated how many 20oz water bottles were needed to fill the pool at the rate of a 20 pack of water. It's funny to think about it this way but those in the class had no idea of other ways water could be accessed to fill the pool.
I tell you this story because sometimes how we think about our current faith journey's, church, abilities, etc. may not be the only ways to think about them. What if there were other possibilities out there that may make it easier for us and fit our needs better? What if a new perspective could further our journey with the divine?
Check out this short video by Minister T.D. Jakes specifically talking about the stories we tell ourselves and how it impacts our lives.
Sometimes we are walking our faith journey doing everything we are supposed to be doing and come across a feeling of just not feeling right. We change, grow, and develop and suddenly the faith we once knew doesn't fit our worldview. For some reason we expect our faith to stay the same when everything around us changes. This expectation is just unrealistic and puts unwanted burden on our spiritual life. God wants us to continue to grow into who God is calling us to be. Sometimes that means we regress back trying to get back to where we were. Unfortunately this neglects a part of your journey which is now a part of you. That part has changed you and that needs to be embraced just like God embraces it. Other times we have certain people helping us navigate the waters of change to develop new perspectives about ourselves and our faith. Often others have different opinions and perspectives then our own. It is in that communication where we learn and process how it impacts our own stories.
It's important that we are always seeking that relationship with the divine in our own personal lives. This means we might need to read articles that challenge our point of view, talk to those that are on a different faith journey, or seek wisdom from those people we look up to. As far as reading materials go, there are some outstanding articles out there providing insight into our spiritual life. Shannon Crane writes a beautiful piece titled "Balancing Faith and Perspective". Another article titled "Changing my Religion: Processing Thoughts about Faith" by Charles Lee is a reflection of his experience in evolving form the faith he once new. These are just a few of some wonderful articles out there.
Think about your faith journey. Where are you filling the pool with filtered water? In what ways can you grow or change your perspective?
I appreciate everyone following along. We have slowed some of our blog posts recently but still plan on bringing you wonderful content when we can.
This week think about your faith journey and what you can do to help bring other perspectives into it different then what you know.
Craig Hidy like the majority of ministers in Community of Christ is a bi-vocational, self sustaining ordained minister. He is a member of the Midlands Mission Center Emporia Team and an ordained Seventy. He and his family, live in Topeka, Kansas.
The mission of the Seventy
“After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves.” Luke 10:1-3 NRSV
What is a Seventy?
The Seventy carry out missionary work for the church in close association with other missionary leaders. They represent Christ primarily as ministers of evangelism through witnessing, inviting, and church planting.
They especially proclaim and promote Jesus Christ’s invitation to faithful discipleship through vibrant witness, and train individuals and congregations in witness and invitation.
They particularly minister with seekers, individually and in groups, to share the gospel in relevant ways and to invite response.
The views expressed here are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Community of Christ. We believe individuals should be allowed to have their own opinions and be at different places in their faith journey.
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