What's the Right Way to Meet With God?: Approaching the Father As You Are
Whether you do or not is not the point. But I do find it fascinating that there are so many shades of personalities. Some clash while some complement each other beautifully.
If that is how it is with our fellow humans, couldn’t it be possible that this might be so with God as well?
Gary Thomas, in his book, Sacred Pathways, describes nine different ways that we can connect with God.
Some of us will connect most deeply Him in worship, some in nature. Others of us prefer art, while some prefer action. (If you’d like a great overview of the book, check out Rachel Ferchak’s summary.)
While we all are commanded to love God and love others (Matt. 22:37-40), we will do so in different ways.
I will love God in a different way than you will, just like I will serve others in a different way than you might.
For those of us who are parents, we can see this in our own children.
Though I teach them the standard of obedience, they will respond differently. One may struggle with outright defiance, while another may outwardly obey but inwardly rebel.
Consequently, how I train each one towards that common standard will be different.
So it is with God and His children. He has made us in a rainbow of personalities, and while there may be different types or similarities, He looks at us one by one. Our relationship will be unique.
For me, this gives great freedom—freedom to try different means to connect with Him—and freedom to discard those ways that don’t fit without beating myself up.
So yes, I believe we are all to steep ourselves in the Word, like the psalmist in Psalm 119. We are all instructed to pray.
But whether we pray on our morning walk or with hands upraised, there is great freedom to do so in the ways, times, and forms that help us to connect most intimately with Him.
Don’t worry how your best friend relates with God. The goal is not to copy.
The point is: just do it.
How we love God—whether it be through scholarly study or artistic expression—is greatly variable.
Whatever the means, the goal is the same—that by being in His presence, we become more like Christ—transformed into His likeness (2 Cor. 3:18)
He will meet you, love you, and commune with you just as you are.
Our job is to show up.
Will you do that today?
* For the record, I do not endorse either of these. I just find them helpful to recognize that we are not all the same. They help us understand people, but they are not boxes. We all, despite our personalities, have a call to transform into the image of Christ.)
Update: My book review on Adele Calhoun’s Spiritual Disciplines Handbook may be of interest.