I have met quite a few people over the years who claimed to be spiritual, but were very protective of their so-called balance.
In a nutshell, they had built a mystic space for themselves where they could seek shelter from life challenges.
Some of those people became friends of mine in spite of clear differences in vision.
As a follower of Jesus, I attempt to reconcile myself with people who are different from me. But I also surrender to the fact that most people will not be a good fit to become a close friend or have access to the depths of my soul.
My experience with these people who develop what I call ’boutique spirituality’ has not been a positive one.
They are more than willing to share their spiritual ideas and sell them, but at moments of difficulty, they dodge you.
One thing that changed radically in me after my conversion was that I developed a genuine desire to support others. Even when I was not in a good place myself. And helping someone else always strengthens me.
As followers of Jesus, it is absolutely essential that we support others in need. We’re blessed to know that’s precisely the path to strengthen ourselves.
That doesn’t mean we’ll allow them to use us as clutches! We should aim to empower. But if we can’t support others in need, then how really are we loving one another?
It is true that there are situations where we can’t objectively help. But we can always at least reach out, listen and share kind words of encouragement.
Next time someone in need reaches out to you, don’t make it about you – your weaknesses and limitations. Make it about God.
God wants us to love him by loving others.