I am in a place right now, spiritually, where I don’t want to be “spiritual.” I’ve been looking over my recent posts, and noticing a trend toward more practicality, and less introspection. In my life lately, as well, I bristle whenever anyone talks about needing more “spiritual growth.” I guess it’s one of those phases we go through, but it doesn’t really worry me.
I’m still as passionate as ever about following Jesus, I don’t mean that. It’s just that following Him seems so much simpler than we make it sometimes. I am really enjoying “…the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ…” that I feel right now. (2 Cor 11:3) My friend Chip blogged that verse a while ago. And devotion to Christ really is simple! Paul said to the Corinthians:
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1Cor 2:2
I was actively participating in a group blog called Wrapped Emotions, run by one of the most inspirational women I’ve ever known, Melody. This blog is a wonderful journey into… unwrapping emotions. I haven’t been as motivated lately to do the projects, and it’s sort of disturbed me. I had learned a lot about myself by participating and I loved sharing with the other ladies. I just think I’m at a place where I don’t want to unwrap emotions or ponder deep spirituality right now. I just want to be….
And I think that’s OK. I think that’s what the Lord wants me to do. Just to be… in Him.
And every time I provide a healthy, inexpensive dinner for my family, or organize the laundry room, find a way to reach my toddler, or get my four year old to eat… I’m serving Him. When I praise my husband, and give God the glory for my marriage, He is pleased. And when I fall, he is there to pick me up.
Someone unsubscribed to Real Life yesterday, and I caught myself wondering, “Am I being too shallow lately? Do I need to post more meaningful thoughts, and Christian truths?” (OK, I know I always over-analyze) Then, I realized it doesn’t really matter. The only person I can give others is the real me – whatever emotional phase I’m currently experiencing. ~ Now, if you all unsubscribe, I’ll be very sad 😉
But let me encourage you. If you’re feeling any outside pressure to be a certain way, whether that pressure is real or perceived, take a deep breath. If there is an area that you know you need to change, let Him do it. Resolve to know nothing except Christ and Him crucified. Be obedient to God’s leading in your heart, spend time with Him in prayer and the Word, and just be…in Him.
I just popped over to Wrapped Emotions to get a link, and found that Melody is in an interesting place as well! I love how the Lord works.