Every Thursday, I explore different aspects of my spiritual journey, and I ask anyone else who would also like to write about their spiritual journeys to link up below. I've learned so much from the posts of those who share their thoughts.
What is TRUTH?
My church is exploring this question in a 13-week small group-focused study of The Truth Project. My husband and I are hosts for a small group, and we started last Thursday. How perfect is it that our small group meets on Spiritual Journey Thursdays?! Our church has tried a couple initiatives that involved the whole congregation - B90 and a summer small group study of The Bible Series. The Adult Education Committee, on which I serve, has received positive feedback from these classes/studies because everyone feels the power of community and fellowship. The Truth Project is our latest endeavor, and we can't wait to see what God does within our congregation and community!
Our small group
Each small group session involves about an hour-long video and then another 45 minutes of discussion. In last Thursday's session, Del Tackett left us with the question:
This struck me as the most important question that came out of lesson one. If you really believe, what about your life is indicating that you really believe it? I think this is so convicting. My answer to this question is a resounding YES, but doubt still creeps in. It's hard to sustain that 100 % belief all the time. In the video, Tackett says, if we really believe in the power of prayer, wouldn't it be hard to tear yourself away from prayer? I think back to the time in my 20s when I read More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell, and I had an overwhelming feeling of understanding the truth. It was so overwhelming, that is was almost more than I could sustain. If it is really all true, then why aren't we shouting among the mountaintops continually?! My conclusion is that most of us are not wired that way. We can't sustain that feeling and understanding to that level. We get glimpses, not stares. However, if we can continually remind ourselves that what we really believe is really real, we can return again and again to that revelation. That's what God wants. He wants us to be in constant communion with Him. I'd love to hear from you. How do YOU maintain that?
Before I go, I want to take a minute to remember 9/11. What a day that was. I'll be talking about it in class today. It's hard to believe the students I have now weren't even born yet when it happened. It's important to keep the memory alive. I'll be sharing 14 Cows For America because it is the perfect book for the 5th grade theme topic, EMPATHY, and our 6th grade theme topic, SOCIAL INJUSTICE. We've been talking about responses to social injustice and what characteristics are evident in people/characters who work to stop social injustices. The Maasai show us.