I came away--glad I am well grounded in my faith ---and know what I believe and why. The room was filled with Christians---and some who seem to be also well grounded. One woman began a Christian Exercise Company back in the 70's and expanded her business to well over twenty thousand clients before a tragic car accident ended her career.
I heard several talk about leaving organized religion and now making a turn back to searching for answers. Others had survived health scares which opened their eyes to their need for faith. It was an eye opening first lecture. As I have often said, I lived in a bubble most of my life.
Here is what I came away with today---
I have a bias toward those who do not share my faith. My belief that I am open and accepting was directly challenged today. When I began thinking, I am not coming back to hear anymore of this, I stopped short. God loves us all---no matter what our spiritual walk is. For me to not be open to listening with respect to another's thoughts and practices short sells the gospel I believe in. To be salt and light---I need to treat others with respect---and gently tell them the truth---God then is in charge of what they do with that truth.
The fact of the matter is this little woman has spent a great deal of time searching for her answers. She has spent hour upon hour looking and seeking the truth. The bottom line for me---was she seemed to be more concerned with spirituality than in a relationship with God.
She put these three words on the board and asked for our thoughts on them-
My answer to her was faith begets spirituality which begets religion.
She quickly passed over my answer. It will prove to be an interesting three more weeks and I look forward to opportunities to share what God has shown me--with great respect and love.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.