Friday, January 27, 2006

True Spirituality is . . . Messy (1)

I will begin a series of reflections on the nature of true spirituality. Here is the first!

Christianity is not pretty. Too many Christians act as if the goal of following Christ is to become a person who is beyond pain, failure and suffering. In reality, the life of holiness is not only one of repentance and belief, but of messy failure and suffering that is at times maddeningly confusing. Messy Spirituality is a spirituality that is fervent for Christ and his Word, able to laugh at itself and its pretentiousness, aware of masks and false selves and unabashedly real before the healing love of Christ.

Mike Yaconelli, in his wonderful book Messy Spirituality: God's Annoying Love for Imperfect People writes:
“Spirituality is not a formula; it is not a test. It is a relationship. Spirituality is not about competency; it is about intimacy. Spirituality is not about perfection; it is about connection. The way of the spiritual life begins where we are now in the mess of our lives. Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the one who is present in the tangledness of our lives. Spirituality is not about being fixed; it is about God’s being present in the mess of our unfixedness” (13).

8 comments:

Bobby said...

Well said. And well quoted.

Welcome to Blog World. My hat and I salute you.

Rabby said...

An I'll tell ya whatfer. It's a good little world, this world a blogging.

An I'll say this: have a good day in the Lord. An now I got to git out a here.

Dairn said...

Hmmm, I should let you know that not all of us bloggers are cowboys, Scott! lol Good post, it's a great book.

Scott said...

Thanks guys!

sunshine said...

Boy, do I know about that pursuit of perfection! It's impossible and totally defeating! Thank God He promises to meet and be intimate with us in the midst of what is impossible to show us His power!
Welcome to blogworld! I remember my first post and how exciting it was to get comments from people I didn't even know. Anyway, it's fun and it really helps me to get my thoughts down where I can make sense of them. Enjoy!

sunshine said...
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sunshine said...

Sorry, I tried to give a link to one of my posts and it didn't work. Humor me and let me try again!
http://www.becomingorange.blogspot.com
/2005/12/in-pursuit-of-perfection.html
Anyway, that passage you quoted from Messy Spirituality just reminded me of this post and some good stuff from Oswald Chambers regarding the same.

Scott said...

thank you sunshine, and thank you for your link to Oswald Chambers. He is always pretty helpful!