Monday, June 6, 2016

Messy Spirituality

 there is also a book published by this title. I am in no way endorsed by the author. I haven't ever read the book. I wasn't asked to say any of the following thoughts in this post. The title just seemed fitting for my blog.



I took this picture about one year ago. I didnt put much thought into it intially. Late in the day, I began to think about the sybomlism of both the necklace and the bracelet. I feel like it is representative of my life in a way. Holding to a belief system and also being a free spirit; independent and unique. Since the dawn of time religion was gotten a bad wrap. If you have forgotten, just glance back at some old early world civilization flashcards. Crusades. Church of England. Momons. Muslims. Jews. Jesus.

As humans we tick like a clock. We need boundaries to function. Because of this, there is something that tells us there is one right way to "do" religion. It is hard to remind myself of this, but I don't think there is a specific way to have a personal relationship with Jesus in the sense that there is no algorithm. He is not a puzzle to be put together, nor a mystery to be solved. He cannot simply be checked off a list to to-dos. Sometimes life is going great, there are lots of good vibes, and you couldn't be happier. Sometimes life is also a huge maze. No roadmap. No guidance. It's hopeless and you are lost. Either way, sometimes its hard to see where Jesus fits in. Sometimes there are no answers. Sometimes it's loving people where they are, and being loved where you are.

Sometimes it's just messy. And I don't think there is anything wrong with that.