faking-it-finding-graceThe Christian life is one of highs & lows, but thankfully it is not reliant upon our feelings – we have to put our faith and trust in God: that if we have asked him into our lives, he has accepted us.

This is the simplicity of Christian living, which we often over-complicate with further rules, expectations (from self & others), and end up feeling lost and detached from God. Within the Church, it’s very easy to get away with behaving in a certain way: saying the right things, raiding hands at the right time, etc. and everyone thinks you’re truly ‘holy’ … well you are ‘holy’, but most of us do not feel super-spiritual the whole time.

I love the human-ness of Christianity – God takes us as we are. However, this is no excuse to stay as we are. God calls us to move on. Cavanaugh gives some tools to do this when we’re feeling stuck in a rut. She used to cringe when asked the question “So, what’s God been doing in your life lately?”. Out of her own life experience (cringing at the question) she urges us to keep asking, seeking and knocking. Then you will move away from the desert and toward a fresh realisation – deeper and more mature – of friendship with God as he truly is. We have to change our mindsets (p103-4):

The Lifestyle of Surrender

[This is hard work and against our self-centred nature, but as we continually attempt to surrender, our thinking will gradually change:]

It’s not all about ‘Keeping up appearances’ – don’t drop out, but be honest about where you are.

Prepared for use as as an Oak Hall leader. 

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