Written by Gary Piper
Kathryn J. Hermes in her book Beginning Contemplative Prayer: Out of Chaos into Quiet writes, “Spirituality has to do with our deepest needs, anxieties, joys, hopes, and fears, our values and dreams. It is a part of our daily life and propels us to rise above the daily grind. It fuels our work, our relationships, our prayer, pushing us to live with greater meaning and intensity. Spirituality takes us as we are and connects us to God as God is.”
“For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man that is in him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people.” (1 Corinthians 2:11–13, HCSB)
For the past 25 years or so I have challenged myself to make Jesus as real to as many people as I possibly could. And that has been a guiding force in my life. For the most part it has really not been that hard because in reality it is the Holy Spirit that does the work, my only responsibility is try to create an atmosphere whereby the Spirit can go to work. Yet the other side of that coin is it has at time proved to be a relatively formidable challenge. Not because neither I nor the Holy Spirit has been unwilling but because life itself has a way of presenting me with it’s own formidable set of challenges that can be rather distracting.