Whit’s End: Spiritual Creativity

Ashley was out running errands today.  While on her way out to my sister’s, she spotted this creative soul outside cutting grass in the rain, holding an umbrella as they worked.  She laughed and snapped a picture, challenging me to write about it.  Well, here goes.

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Like the blessed saint in the picture, each of us must be creative in our own spiritual lives.  So many times we get tired of what we’re doing or we may feel what works for others just doesn’t work for us.  We want to pray better, read scripture more, and find ways we can be in service in our church and community.  Well, I’m giving you permission: be creative.

Your spiritual life isn’t about doing it like everyone else does it.  If it helps to model someone, then do that.  You might pray the way someone else does because it’s meaningful and real or maybe it jumpstarts your prayer life and morphs into your own way of doing it.  You might find reading scripture something you do alone, at home or in the car over coffee-to-go, and then again you may find it more enlightening when you read it aloud or with a friend or spouse.  The point isn’t the method but the execution.  Do it however you want, but DO IT!  For our creative grass-cutter, the grass needed to be cut, the rain wasn’t going anywhere, so it came down to cutting the grass and holding an umbrella.  As we’ve all heard before, “You gotta do what you gotta do.”  Well, take that seriously when it comes to being a follower of Jesus Christ, “Do what you gotta do,” within reason of course.

Above all, I hope you notice the perseverance of the grass-cutter.  It’s raining.  So?  This needs to be done.  Take the same kind of vigilance in your spiritual walk.  Make time, set aside your time with God so that it is truly sacred.  Listen to the prophet, Hosea (6.3),

Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him.  As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.??? 

Be creative.  Press on.  Be blessed!

Rev. Whit R. Martin
Pastor, New Liberty United Methodist Church

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