Me & My Behavior Problems
“My spiritual development won’t result from driven behavior. It will only come from careful listening, quiet surrender, and active and purposeful engagement.”
From Dare to Journey with Henri Nouwen by Charles Ringma
If you know me well, you know the first statement of that quote rattles me.
Driven behavior – I’m pretty sure my name is next to that phrase if you Google it. 🙂
Everything about spiritual development as defined by this statement is a challenge for me.
Careful listening – I wish I was better…
Quiet surrender – Surrender is kind of the opposite of control, right? Yeah, that’s a problem too.
Active and purposeful engagement – Well, there’s a little more hope for me with this one.
Sometimes spiritual development is such a mystery to me. It’s so difficult to measure. It’s slow. It’s ongoing. It’s always changing. There is no formula. No ten step process to follow. It’s organic. It’s different for every one of us.
It’s active and purposeful engagement with your Savior and Creator.
What’s the greatest challenge to your spiritual development? Is there a part of your personality that always gets in the way?