For a few years I have traveled a journey to the depths of my soul to find out who I am outside of fundamentalism. The style of fundamentalism my family left was based on fear and works to protect us from those fears. Long story short, I discovered something so amazing. After all my digging, I finally hit bedrock and found Christ within. The ole saying, “Jesus lives in my heart” is such an understatement. I can now live the abundant life I had always read about in the bible. Instead of sending prayers up to heaven, I speak directly to the indwelling Christ. Instead of waiting for a coming kingdom, I walk in the Kingdom daily. He showed me His Kingdom is within. I no longer have to wait as if he’s not here, he already IS here!
Because of this reality I have freedom to love others equally. I have nothing to fear.
In the fundamentalist community we were taught to live within their kingdom with all of it’s rules, walls, isolation, and prejudices. Learning to navigate that kingdom left our family empty, stressed out, and miserable. I often found myself praying that God would take us to heaven, because this earthly life was no cake walk. I didn’t see the abundant life in that kingdom.
Now that I see the Kingdom of Jesus, well let’s just say it’s a whole other world! Now I write about Kingdom living and how I view the world through the lens of love. I write about church culture and offer practical advice on how to deal with the many chaotic dysfunctions in church world. I share about my personal growth in faith and healing. I examine the love of God as he reveals himself in everyday life.
It has been said by many great leaders that you need to tell people where you’re going, it give them comfort to know they have a focus. So here it is in a nutshell, Jesus. He is my foundation and rock, my fortress and comforter. My path is organic yet inspired by the collaboration of the work of the Holy Spirit in today’s world and what the apostles wrote of in theirs. Yet, I do not live in the bible, I live in the present. I find ways to understand people who are different than me and look for what we have in common. Any relationship worth having is one where the people have something in common. The best thing to look for is love. If we have love, we have the best thing in common.
Cecil Murray said, “Not doing a bad thing isn’t the same as being willing to do a good thing. We’re called to do more.”
I believe there are better ways of showing the love of God than what I see in traditional institutionalized churchianity. Jesus didn’t come to set up another religion, he came to save us from it.
So here is my path, to love others. This is an inclusive path and I write about what this looks like to me and how I apply wisdom to this freedom. Freedom without wisdom is foolishness.
My blog is a salad bowl of individual items tossed together for you to enjoy. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me, even if we’re on different paths. This is the view from my path.
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