Being Generous with God
The Christian life is not about believing or doing what we need to believe or do so that we can be saved. Rather, it’s about seeing what is already true—that God loves us already—and then beginning to live in this relationship. It is about becoming conscious of and intentional about a deepening relationship with God. - Marcus Borg
We have already learned that one of the areas of wellness in the Living Compass is Healthy Relationships. We have reflected on how healthy interpersonal relationships take time and attention and that, “What we appreciate, appreciates.” The foundation upon which all healthy relationships are built is always love, never shame, fear, or guilt.
Now let’s extend what we know about healthy interpersonal relationships to our relationship with God. We discover that, like any relationship, the more time and attention we give to the relationship, the stronger it becomes. And just as important, we discover that a healthy relationship with God also needs to flow from a place of love, and not from a place of shame, fear, or guilt. As the above quote from Marcus Borg reminds us, “It’s about seeing what is already true—that God loves us already—and then beginning to live in this relationship. It is about becoming conscious of and intentional about a deepening relationship with God.”
Making it personal: How do you like to intentionally spend time with God? As you reflect on your relationship with God, do you see it based in love, or is any part of it based in shame, fear, or guilt? If the latter is true, how might you shift your thinking so that it is grounded more in love? What might be different in your life if you were to spend time strengthening your relationship with God?
Follow along with us this Advent season with our daily devotional and engage in discussion in our closed facebook group moderated by The Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner & The Rev. Jan Kwiatowski.
In this group, participants will have a chance to share their responses to the prompts in the daily readings, and also the chance to receive additional material for reflection.