The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “embrace.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
Often times I think we need to change our way of thinking and embrace new ideas or opinions. I don’t think there is anything wrong with this but actually see it as a healthy sign of growth. I have especially seen this in my own life in the area of my spiritual life.
God doesn’t call us to remain static in our faith but He calls us to a journey of transformation! I have realized over the years that I need to be humble enough to examine where I am at on an issue, prayerfully consider other sides and then be willing to change my thinking if necessary.
I feel I saw this modeled well in the senior pastor of my church. Specifically when he has shared how his view of women in ministry changed over the course of time. I really like his story in all this and how he articulates how his opinion on this subject was first shaped and then ultimately transformed over time.
Yes, there are core values to our Christian faith. I get that. But I also love a quote by St. Augustine that stood over the chapel doors of my church for decades:
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”
So, as I examine my own life in Christ, I hope I will continue to take St. Augustine’s quote to heart. May I always be open to admitting the limits in my own humanity and willing to embrace possible changes on my journey of faith. I hope you may be encouraged to do the same.