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faith love

Jim Carrey’s spiritual journey

Jim Carrey gives a touching testimony of his spiritual journey.

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god love

Boutique spirituality

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.

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god

If you want to be good you must set boundaries

A lot of us believe that being good entails doing what others ask. Always being there. Always giving. Always abiding. 

But that’s not really being good. That’s being pathologically good. And that is not good.

Being genuinely good means you know when to set boundaries because going beyond them will hurt more than do good. 

Being truthfully good means you acknowledge your limits and face the fact that saying “no” can lead to growth, especially where saying “yes” would shelter others from taking full responsibility for themselves.

Anything we do that doesn’t come from the heart is false and leads us to an unhealthy path of self-glorification.

Being good is about avoiding excesses, being true to the heart and finding balance:

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil. — Matthew 5:37

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faith spirituality

The relevance of sharing

The most important life experience I’ve ever had is also the one that I share the least: my conversion. Why? Because the relevance of sharing is diluted in our times in a vast sea of superficial and attention seeking sharing. Nonetheless, it does seem that meaningful sharing should also happen less frequently. And that explains the 3-year gap between my last post here and this one.