500 Words For Your Spiritual Journey

Every last one of us is on a journey. However, some folks are reluctant to admit "where they are" on their particular pilgrimage. Each of the following 500-word blog posts below are pulled from my raw and personal journals in hopes that you are encouraged to either start or continue your journey led by Someone who offers Himself as a guide.

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The Holy Spirit will not room with bitterness, lust, and unforgiveness, to name a few. Our junk stands in complete opposition to the holiness of the living God. Hence, the miserable feeling we experience when we try to play it both ways.

Smack-dab in the middle of the Corona virus pandemic, an EF-3 tornado dropped on April 12, 2020 in the East Brainerd area of Chattanooga, Tennessee, fueled by 145 mph winds. I didn’t realize the magnitude of the storm until I walked with my wife through her parents neighborhood the following day. Electrical cables blown asunder. […]

Sara Hagerty writes, “Rarely do I notice the roots of a tree unless my feet stumble over them. I may notice the way branches above me cut across the sky as I pull out of my driveway. I may sit with my toddler in the shade or pick apples at an orchard with my children in early autumn. I may roll a newly fallen leaf between my fingers. But most of the time I walk unaware right over the roots, the hidden life of every tree that makes everything else-branches, shade, fruit, and leaves-possible at all.” (Unseen)

As Neurosurgeon Lee Warren writes, “One man finds himself in trouble and is driven to his knees, begging God for help. Another person looks at the problem and decides God has given him the middle finger, so he gives up on God completely.” (I’ve Seen the End of You)

However, discipline is the elixir of the Christian life. Not the discipline of robotic church activity, or lifeless busyness. God wants our heart and He wants our motives to be pure as we live out what we say we believe on the inside. 

From All That is Made, authors Geoff Gentry and Bryan Ye-Chung contribute, “It is hard to live on the Earth in the 21st century and not be painfully aware that life is full of noise. We bounce from  notifications, to social media timelines, to advertisements, to endless entertainment options. Most of us love it. Conversation is constant. We live distracted lives, turning our days into content that we fire into the world at an alarming rate. This hurried and marginless living is undergirded by the anxiety of always being “on.”

The new generation hates waiting. Instead of picking up the phone to engage in a real conversation, they prefer to send a quick text on that same phone. Oh, how God wants you to bring your stuff to Him and talk to HIm. Any relationship requires constant communication or a wall goes up.

During the Saturday edition of CBS This Morning there is a delicious segment called “The Dish”. Each week a chef displays a table of food he or she has prepared. The television hosts sit down with the chef to sample the feast. Afterwards, the chef is handed a white dish to autograph. One of the television anchors then looks at the cook, “If you could have this meal with anyone past or present who would it be?”