Wednesday, July 11, 2012

DARE TO VENTURE

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

Compressed for Twitter:

#9 Dare to venture. Break out of provincialisms. One's own place/group isn't the center of the universe.


Decompressed for context and comment:

Faith can seem like a leftover when it is filtered through all-too-familiar localized routines and assumptions.  It is not that local norms, relationships and/or faith communities are less valid or valuable than others; it is that we tend to let familiarity insulate us from a mind-boggling range of grace, relationship, culture and experience that might well enrich us, if not re-center and reframe our sense of reality.

Though we may have become comfortable with it, what we are familiar with isn’t nearly all there is.  Some of the “rules” that hold sway here may not apply or translate in the larger arena of life.  What we perceive as “normal” is worth thoroughly challenging, not out of rebellion or anarchy, but for the sake of opening to the possibility of finding greater understanding.

Break out of provincialisms.  Our own place and group, though cherished, isn’t necessarily the center of the universe.  Dare to grow your frame of reference.  To do so requires some risk, personal courage and a measure of faith—a rudimentary trust that you will find, apart from familiar certainties, higher ground and a fellowship of like-hearted truth-seekers.


Your journey may take you far away.  It may, as likely, lead you to find new meaning, purpose and relatedness right where you are.  Whichever, it is important to venture.  T. S. Eliot puts this best, I think:

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

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Read all 10 actions (in Twitter's 140-character format) that can reveal your heart of faith when faith 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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