In preparation for Sunday tomorrow I wanted to post these thoughts I have been thinking about for a couple weeks.
I know I’ve mentioned Richard Rohr meditations many times before.
They are so good (you can get them emailed to you each day and they are filled with lots of beauty every day, click HERE for more information.)
This one really hit me SO beautifully:
I especially love the part I highlighted:
“We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right.” (Do you agree with this?)
“If there is such a thing as human perfection, it seems to emerge precisely from how we handle the imperfection that is everywhere, especially in ourselves.
“What a clever place for God to hide holiness, so that only the humble, ‘little,’ and earnest will find it.“
How I want to find that holiness! To be humble and still enough to recognize it.
Dave and I were talking about goals and plans shortly after I found this and I realized that really, that is my biggest goal in life. To be “little” enough to recognize the magnificence that surrounds me, and to be humble enough to learn from my imperfections (which I know are bountiful).
Sending out so much love in preparation for the Sabbath tomorrow!
This is SO beautiful!! Thank you so much!!
And I have LOVED the podcast so much! I’m not on Instagram, but I just had to tell y’all how important your episode was to me last week. You and your sisters talked about how important it was to step out of our comfort zones to try new things and go new places. I repeated some of the principles from the episode as I took my boys to New York City for the forst time last week. You really helped me tap into my inner courage. Thank you!! Y’all are amazing!
So glad you are loving it Anne Marie!
I love the overall idea of this- I think perfectionism hinders our spirituality because we’re not relying on Christ, and our imperfections (weaknesses and mistakes) have a valuable purpose. The one sentence taken by itself “we grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right” doesn’t make sense to me. I think if clarified, that sentence could hold truth but by itself can be misleading. If the “it” refers to spirituality what is doing it wrong compared to doing it right look like? If it is just perfectionism (relying solely on self) vs relying on Christ then I believe that. I think one danger is thinking “it” is Gods will. We can learn from doing it wrong and that’s an important part of the process, but it is after turning to Christ and repenting and learning to do it right that we will grow spiritually. If “it” is leading us to be more vigilant in Christ we will grow. I think a story to think about is in Isaiah 58 when he is teaching them that they are doing fasting wrong, which is why they aren’t gaining the spiritual growth they wanted. He then teaches them how to do it right so they can grow.
…or we could just add to the end of that quote “when it humbly turns us to Him”.
Love these thoughts, Jill, and I love your clarifications. And yes, when we “do it wrong” and it “humbly turns us to Him” is the key. I think sometimes when I “do it wrong” those are the times I am pulled to my knees in prayer and the times when I seek God’s guidance the most. Those are the times when I feel “little” in the whole scheme of things and feel the need to pull myself closer to Him. I so agree that the spiritual growth comes from the beauty of repentance and trying again. Thank you so much for sharing.
This reminds me of one of my favorite scriptures in The Book of Mormon: Mosiah 4: 19 “For behold, are we not all beggars? Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance which we have, for both food and raiment, and for gold, and for silver, and for all the riches which we have of every kind?” I think of it equally for spiritual substances as for temporal… we are all beggars. We all have so much to learn. We are all in need of a Savior. I also overheard my 5 year old son say the other day after school, so enthusiastically to his sister: “Did you know that every time you make a mistake, it’s a chance for you to learn!?!” I wrote it down because it was so profoundly true…Out of the mouths of babes!
Oh I love that quote so much, sweetest wisdom from kids!
Powerful. We can learn so much from Therese!
You posted this: [Sending out so much love in preparation for the Sabbath tomorrow!] ?? You consider sunday Sabbath?? The LORDS Sabbath? 4th Commandment reads- Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy… the 7th day is the Sabbath of the Lord our God…
It is established that in Judaism the Sabbath day is Saturday (well sundown Fri through sundown Sat) and is Sunday in various Christian religions, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Hi Molly, It was actually established at creation. Its sad that most choose tradition over Gods Law.
Thanks Sandy! However it is observed, I honor and respect all people in the world who honor the Sabbath day!! It is a much needed day of rest & renewal for me, so grateful for it!! I believe it is so needed in the world! It used to be that people called it “The Holy Sabbath Day” then it became “The Sabbath” and now it’s just “The Weekend.”
I looked this point you brought up, for our Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) because I had learned/studied this before and appreciated learning about this… here are the things I found out, and the references for it too…
“The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning rest. Before the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Sabbath day commemorated God’s day of rest after He finished the Creation. It was a sign of the covenant between God and His people. We read in the book of Genesis that God created the heavens and the earth in six periods of time, which He called days: “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it” (Genesis 2:2–3). Now the Sabbath also commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Sabbath day is every seventh day. It is a holy day ordained by God for us to rest from our daily labors and worship Him.”
“Why was the Sabbath changed from the seventh day to the first day?
Until His Resurrection, Jesus Christ and His disciples honored the seventh day as the Sabbath. After His Resurrection, Sunday was held sacred as the Lord’s day in remembrance of His Resurrection on that day (see Acts 20:7; 1 Corinthians 16:2). From that time on, His followers observed the first day of the week as their Sabbath. In both cases there were six days of labor and one for rest and devotion. The Lord has given us a direct commandment in these days that we too should honor Sunday, the Lord’s day, as our Sabbath (see D&C 59:12).
Here is a link too, where I got these quotes, so you can read more thoughts about it… So glad you revere the Sabbath as a holy day of delight as well! I listened to a talk recently (given in the 1980’s but still applicable! that talked about how society really only lives and reveres 4 of the 10 commandments originally given… I think two of those four are now waning too… but I believe the Sabbath Day being kept, whichever day whichever faith upholds it to be, will bring blessings to families, to souls, to the world, and to our society. So, thank you!! https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-principles/chapter-24-the-sabbath-day?lang=eng
I also recently read this: “It’s never been easy to keep the Sabbath Day holy, but we certainly have a lot of distractions today! From fun social activities to easy access to media, it can be hard to keep our minds and hearts focused on Christ. The more time we can disconnect from the world and connect with God, the better…” https://www.ldsdaily.com/personal-lds-blog/10-unique-ways-to-live-the-ten-commandments-today/
I think it can be a point the we can unify together on!…The world needs the blessings that come from setting one day a week aside to worship, rest, and renew… it can bring us together, change families and individuals, and will change the world (for the better.)
I also loved this (one of many) unique promises… As we avoid worldly distractions on the Sabbath day, we are blessed with protection from obsession with worldly things. “In this day of increasing access to and preoccupation with materialism, there is a sure protection for ourselves and our children against the plagues of our day. The key to that sure protection surprisingly can be found in Sabbath observance” (“The Lord’s Day,” Oct. 1991 general conference). https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1991/10/the-lords-day?lang=eng
LOVE these thoughts and clarifications delving deeper into the Sabbath, C. Thank you so much for sharing them.
I’ve been thinking specifically about this after the Come Follow Me study of Isaiah last week. So much beauty in the “gift” of the Sabbath, a day to truly renew. I think we get so distracted sometimes thinking of the things we “shouldn’t” do on the Sabbath, when really, the focus is so much more beautiful when we think of it as you described, a day to increase access to God, rather than the things we do every other day.
It was started with the Ten Commandments in the time of Moses. Not at creation.
“There´s a crack in everything. That´s how the light gets in.” Leonhard Cohen
In Europe, Sunday is the 7th day! Maybe that’s why the Christian world holds Sabbath on Sunday.