For those of you familiar with the television shows Shark Tank or Dragons Den, you will know the phrase " And for that reason I am out". Kevin, Damien, Mark, Robert, Lori and Arlene will listen to the arguments for investing in an individual's dream and then make a decision as to whether or not they invest.
As I was thinking about my post for today, this phrase has stuck in my head: "And for that reason, I am in". You see I have noticed a trend amongst the 30 somethings and maybe a few late 20 somethings voicing their opinions on blogs etc., on how they are reviewing their childhood church experiences, faith happenings etc and they are not happy campers. Many are well versed in academics with an alphabet of degrees after their names and feel compelled to share their thoughts on why they don't like the established church.
I know many of these people well and maybe for the first time in my life I am beginning to be thankful that I don't have a number of degrees following my name if it gives this unsettling argumentative spirit. I am discerning and I think intelligent, yet I like to think of my faith in child-like terms. I don't have to argue and debate over the damage my childhood upbringing may have caused, and where I endured many a nasty sermon, or groaning organ music or a scary sunday school teacher. Today I am thankful for all those experiences. I don't feel that people walk away from their faith because of those happenings; I believe it goes deeper and it is more of a selfish reason or perhaps one who is very lonely and feeling insecure, that would lead them to turn to being an agnostic or atheist. For me it is so satisfying to know that my faith is so completely simple yet complex. I believed, I accepted, I trusted, I obeyed and the peace that comes from those simple childlike steps is priceless. I don't need to blame anything in my past, I just want to trust what I know is truth and claim it for my own. It isn't anyone's fault that I endured some of those church experiences and in that time and place it felt right. They shaped who I am today and I have an open mind, I am more accepting and truly grateful for the faith I have today. I know I am loved beyond words and I truly think that the people who voice these strong opinions are just longing to be loved and to experience the love our Father so freely gives. It is about surrendering control and leaning into the most amazing strong arms that ever walked this earth. It is about security, compassion, social justice, and
one that knows suffering more than anyone else. It has nothing to do with those church experiences of the past.
I know there is a sense of entitlement amongst my children's demographic and yet that isn't necessary in the acceptance of faith. We are entitled to nothing but yet have been given so much and not judged for an ungrateful attitude.
So today I am so thankful for the grounding of the past, the shaping of my life as I grew older and how peaceful, and joyful I can be at this stage of my spiritual journey. And for that reason I am in…… and that is a guaranteed investment with amazing returns.
I am a Life Coach living in Canada. I enjoy helping people create an awareness of their strengths, their dreams and possibilties.