We live in a culture that tells us what we work for we get and if we don’t get what we worked for we have been cheated out of. What we want we can have, and often with a few different choices of exactly how we want it. It is a culture where things are a click or a tap away, a culture of instant gratification… but how does this affect our spirituality? Allow me to share with you a selection from one of the few books I am reading right now: Invitation to a Journey by M. Robert Mulholland Jr.
“When we operate from the perspective that our doing determines our being, we expect immediate returns on our investment of time and resources–observable results that prove we have performed well and are therefore persons of value and worth. If we fail to receive such instant feedback, we presume we have failed and begin to struggle with a perceived loss of self-image, value, purpose, and even identity. Instant-gratification persons have great difficulty waiting patiently for God’s timing; trusting God to bring the needed transformation in God’s time, not theirs; persevering in obedience even when there is no indication that such obedience is making a difference in their lives. “Being conformed” militates against our need for instant gratification. Spiritual formation is the great reversal: from habitual expectation of closure, to patient, open-ended yieldedness.”
We need to realize that our journeys of faith are all a day by day, I am choosing to yield to Jesus’s leadership kind of process. It is in continually being open to the promptings of the Lord and obeying even when we don’t see results right away, especially in our liminal space, that we are shaped to be more and more like Christ.
Liminal Space: (from the Latin, līmen, or threshold) a place of being in between, of waiting; “a unique spiritual position where human beings hate to be but where the Biblical God is always leading them. It is when you have left the tried and true, but have not yet been able to replace it with anything else. It is when you are finally out of the way. It is when you are between your old comfort zone and any possible new answer. If you are not trained in how to hold anxiety, you will run … anything to flee this terrible cloud of unknowing.” (Richard Rohr)
I have been living in the liminal space for quite some time now with out having words to describe it other than exhausting. Now I am in a place where I am leading people into that place of leaving their comfort zones but without a reality clearly defined for them for their next phase. It is one of the hardest places in leadership to be. Lord give me strength.
Lets take a minute to stop and think about the power of the media on our subconscious minds. Watch and be disturbed:
Let’s get some more females into the media business, eh? And in the meantime, I feel affirmed in my decision to unplug from media to some extent (we don’t have cable, and I limit my hours of internet/movies, etc.). Images have such power to stick in our minds, be careful what you consume.
A psalm. For giving grateful praise.
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Today, I am musing on the lessons of solitude:
Teach me to stop and listen,
Teach me to center down,
Teach me the use of silence,
Teach me where peace is found.
Teach me to hear Your calling,
Teach me to search Your Word.
Teach me to hear in silence,
Things I have never heard.
Teach me to be collected,
Teach me to be in tune,
Teach me to be directed,
Silence will end so soon.
Then when it’s time for moving,
Grant it that I might bring,
To every day and moment,
Peace from a silent spring.
“Solitude does its work whether we have any cognitive understanding of it or not. Just as the physical law of gravity ensures that sediment swirling in a jar of muddy water will eventually settle and the water will become clear, so the spiritual law of gravity ensures that the chaos of the human soul will settle if it sits still long enough.” Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership, Leighton Ford
September has been pretty gnarly, hence the lack of posts. This song is helping me make it through: