We all have those moments in our life where we are given the choice of what is easy and comfortable vs what is hard and will stretch us. Our jobs, our families, our friendships, and our commitments to ourselves, all have forks in the paths that we need to navigate.
There is a bit of confusion at times around who the Holy Spirit is, what the Holy Spirit does, and how we relate to the Holy Spirit today. Now this platform is too short to explore all the questions that arise in this space, but here are some thoughts on the Holy Spirit.
Some of us grew up with a view that God was distant and requires a certain level of achievement before we can contact or understand him. Perhaps this was reinforced by how our earthly family operated. Our dad, mum, or parental figure made us feel that we could not approach them freely without offering something of value first.
Recently I came across a great quote that said, ‘Unapplied truth is like paint. It doesn’t do anybody any good until it is applied.’ What a great word picture to illustrate what can happen to long-time followers of Jesus if we are not careful.
Having small children seems like an exercise in both repetition and futility. Mostly a repetition in futility as I once again ask them to complete the instruction I just gave. But like little goldfish, they swim away managing to both ignore the instruction and make more mess in the process.
I am passionate about avoiding the extreme when it comes to the complex topics of life that try to get worked out by turning it into a us vs them dynamic. Think politics, sexuality, finances, raising kids, and any topic that raises our blood pressure.