For five years, we at Saint John’s have lived in the rhythm and measurement of RenewalWorks. (www.renewalworks.org ) The means, practices and resources we have created we file under the rubric: SOULWorks. What now? Last month, I was pondering that question and began to list some skills, practices and states of being that grow from and promote a life of faith.
These are the consequences of forsaking egocontrol, taking up our cross and setting off behind Jesus. By now he is a good ways down the road, and I doubt I will ever overtake him at the rate I slip and slide. However, I’m convinced that I’m on the right way, narrow though it is, as I meet people who carry crosses similar, though not identical to mine.
As a pilgrim what do I need to know, take with me and seek as I go along the way he leads me. Below I list some suggests.
- The supernatural is real
- Nondual thinking
- Thinking Systemically (Bowen Theory)
- To follow Jesus is to serve
- Difference between job and work
- Regardless of the event, first ask, “How is my functioning contributing to this situation?”
- Suffering is the promise life always keeps
- God knows the outcome. God does not choose the outcome. That’s your job.
- Judge not! I mean literally, suggest Judge not at all.
- Biblically literate
- Journaling is essential if you seek to grow in soul.
- More Orthopraxy not more Orthodoxy
- Constant Prayer (literally)
- Honesty is more important than religious talk
- Tithing as a way of life.
- Faith not certainty
In the days ahead, I will reflect on these practices and resources for the journey. Doubtless, there will others as get on down the road.