What does work?

It happened again.

A friend said, “I was involved in ___ and I said ‘That’s the closest to God I’ve felt in a long time.’” It wasn’t a worship service he was talking about. It was an act of service.

Other friends talked about a child who didn’t fit with some church-related activities. They felt a little shamed. But their child is involved with a small circle of friends who support each other and have spiritually significant conversations. And actively works with helping people in need.

Humans are skilled at talking about what’s wrong. But, in several of my circles I’m hearing a different suggestion. That we need to spend time pursuing what is already working, how we are already growing.

I could give you the theory, and maybe someday I will. But I’d like to suggest that today you spend a few minutes thinking about a time when you were most aware of God and at the same time least aware of struggling to make God happy.

sugar creamTo say it differently, think about a time when you said, “If that (fill in the blank) counted as loving God with my heart and soul and mind and strength and loving my neighbor, I’d do that as much as possible.”

Be honest, of course. You and I both know that I don’t mean, “If eating sugar cream pie counted, I’d eat as much as possible.”

We spend time on our frustration and fears about how we don’t fit in with how other people have talked about their closeness with God. Or we give up on God conversations because we don’t fit into the structures that have been built up around other people’s church structures.

What if we spent that time involved with God in the ways He built us?

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About Jon Swanson

Social media chaplain. Author of "Lent For Non-Lent People" and "A Great Work: A Conversation With Nehemiah For People (Who Want To Be) Doing Great Works." Writer of 300wordsaday.com. I help people understand. Understand some of the Bible. Understand what Lent can be about. Understand what it means to follow.