I have many friends in real life and in the blogosphere who follow the path of atheism and agnosticism. I respect their choices and refuse to view my given path in life as “better than” or more spiritual. What I have discovered is that the common thread in these friendships is mutual acceptance of the other person’s ideas. No, a pursuit of evangelism and proselytism is not my cup of tea. The fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous clearly states that it follows the concept of “attraction rather than promotion”. That works for me. If you like what you see in me and want to know more, than I will fill your ears for hours with the truth which has discovered me in some of the darkest corners of my life.
One of my blogger friends posts daily about his spiritual walk. From the first time I read his writing I felt drawn to what he was saying and wanted to hear more. Mike’s NEW HOPE FOR DRY BONES approach is somewhat different from mine, but his message rings clearly about his faith and love for Jesus. I like that. Recently, I’ve come to realize that the most salient thing about Mike’s stuff is that he never preaches. It is always about his experience, strength, and hope. I trust folks who share themselves rather than preach morality and righteousness. Jesus did not preach. He was accorded the title of teacher, not preacher. According to the scriptures of Christianity, he walked with the common people, he shared their sorrows and joys, he hurt when they hurt, he partied with them, but he also shared the joy, wisdom, and freedom of a spiritual kingdom. He was extraordinarily honest and self-less in the world of hypocrisy followed by the Jewish hierarchy.
I suppose this is why I love recovery programs. They attract real people with real problems. I cry with them and I grieve with them. We console and instruct. But, we also live joyously a new life with a renewed spirit. Then, if we choose to do so, we can navigate the waters of spirituality, commune with people of varying understandings, and receive the blessings of a loving and compassionate Higher Power in a colorful array of worship and celebration.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10