What Do You Believe?
“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”—Dame Freya Stark
I love this quote because it reminds me that so much of our faith journey is aligning what we believe with what we do.
The trouble is, we usually get it backwards. We start with what we do and try to derive meaning from those actions rather than starting with what we believe and then allowing those tenants to inform our actions.
What is it, then, that you believe? That is the starting point, of course. And that is why church is so important. It helps you define and re-define and refine what it is that you believe. You see, belief is not a stagnant thing. It is living and evolves with each day you live.
Many people don’t believe that about the Christian faith. There are a lot of people who believe the Christian faith is adherence to centuries old, unmoving doctrine. And yet if we say that God is love and Christ is resurrection, then this cannot be true because love is a dynamic force and resurrection is always new. Doctrine may organize our tradition but it cannot confine God any more than a windmill can contain the wind.
There are those who prefer their faith nice and tidy; with the rules all laid out for them. It is simpler that way. But what you authentically believe needs to come, ultimately, from within you. Religion only provides you with a framework and the language to ask the questions to help you grow. In the end, only you can arrive at what it is that you believe.
That’s why I invite you to worship on Sunday mornings. It is dedicated time to ask the questions and contemplate what it is that anchors you and defines you. It is only from that starting place that you can then act purposefully in the world.
See you in church,