Friday, June 15, 2012

THINK WIDELY

#2 of 10 ways to reveal your heart of faith when faith feels like little more than a leftover

Compressed for Twitter:

#2 Think widely. Absorb what you can from every possible credible source of knowledge. Ask questions. Live the questions.

Decompressed for context and comment:

A questioning mind that is being constantly fueled by valid information and that is sifting it for knowledge and discerning it for connections and responses is, whether we realize it or not, cooperating with the way of faith.

Instead of narrowing one’s range of reading and thinking, authentic faith pursues an honest dialogue of diversely interpreted experiences and understandings, even if assertions others make appear to counter the faith one holds or has been taught.  If grace is true and one's pursuit of knowledge is thorough, occasionally upsetting the apple cart will lead, in time, to a fuller revelation of faith, deeper understanding and breakthroughs in meaning and relationships.

It's true that knowledge can "puff up" when it is treated as a commodity or used as a weapon to define or defend one's ego or ideology. When that's the case, it's clear that one's education is far from complete. Knowledge best serves the soul and becomes a healing balm in the world when it is viewed as instrumental, contributive and freely shared.

“Live the questions,” wrote Rainer Maria Rilke.  Don’t accept others’ answers too quickly or fully as your own.  Let grace in life reveal to you what others might have missed or understood only partially.  Though many have gone before and left guideposts (even rutted roads), no one has ever walked in your shoes on your particular path.  May you find that grace goes before you and meets you in your honest seeking.


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Read all 10 actions (in Twitter's 140-character format) that can reveal your heart of faith when it feels like little more than a leftover.

I will continue posting comments on all 10 actions over the next few days.

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