I’ve been spending some time contemplating three books, all of which really struck a chord:
- How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living, Rob Bell
- Breathing Under Water: The Spirituality of the Twelve Steps, Richard Rohr
- To Know as We Are Known: A Spirituality of Education, Parker J. Parker
I’ve been undergoing a major transformation the last few years that will culminate in a shift in my career, my lifestyle, and my ministry. In some ways, I have rediscovered childhood loves and forgotten joys. In some ways, I’ve discovered new layers to my personality and spiritual life.
I’m discovering that great spiritual formation and great art live in the same liminal space, opening the conversation rather then declaring what God thinks or what the world needs. Both require us to dig deeper and neither suggest an answer. To be the writer and the spiritual being I aspire to requires more posing of questions, more exposing of paradox and mystery, and more exploration.
So… Here are a few questions for your journal, your contemplation, your musings.
- What gives you joy?
- What are the moments when you stop and say, “I can’t believe I get to do this?”
- How often do you stop and really see what’s around you?
- When was the last time you stopped just to breath in the scent of honeysuckle (or anything else)?
- When was the last time you stop to enjoy the warmth of the sun on your face?
- When do you feel the most connected to the world around you?
- When do you feel the most alive?
- What causes you the most stress?
- What is standing between you and God?
- What can you let go of?
God bless my brothers and sisters!