One of my coaching clients sentme the following question this week, via E-mail. “How does one go about growingspiritually when pressed with problems?”
Although I gave my client animmediate, brief answer, I promised her a more complete answer in the daysahead. This LifeTrek Provision, as it turns out, is that answer. “Am I Holy?” may notbe a question that you ordinarily ask yourself. It may even be foreign to yourway of thinking or speaking. You probably don’t interact with people on thebasis of holiness. But that’s exactly the question we need to ask if we everhope to see life, all of life, even the difficult parts of life, through sacredeyes.
The word “holy” connotes being”set apart,” “different,” “pure,” and “able to approach God.” Does that soundlike you? Probably not. Most of us don’t walk around with the concept of beingespecially “different,” let alone “pure.” It may even seem a bit presumptuousto start thinking of ourselves in those terms. And yet I’m persuaded that’sexactly what we need to do if we hope to make the shift to an extraordinaryquality of being.
“Am I Holy?” does not have todo with how often we attend religious services during the week, although manypeople find such services to be helpful and useful. “Am I Holy?” has to do withhow often we bring ourselves to an awareness of the invisible hand that’s inour life and times.
I believe that God is “aboveall, through all, and in all” (Ephesians 4:6). If that’s true, then seeing Godin difficult times begins with trust. We trust that God is there, even when itseems as though God is not there. The apparent absence and silence of God,which may be our most common experience of God, says more about us, and ourlimited perspective, than it says about God. Do not fret. Regardless of whatyou may be going through, God is there. Look up, look around, and look in withholy eyes. What you see may surprise you.
I believe that if we seek God,we will find God. If that’s true, then seeing God in difficult times continueswith hope. We hope against hope that alienation and pain, boredom andtriviality, outrage and injustice, brokenness and despair, sickness and deathwill not have the last and final word. Indeed, we hope that God will somehowuse those terrible and apparently God-forsaken experiences to make life evenbetter than it was before. Hope itself is a sign of holiness in difficulttimes.
But it doesn’t stop there.”Passion,” it’s been said, “is the sign of God in us.” Passion is hope inaction. Rather than silently trusting that all will be well, passion energizes,moves, transforms, and channels God through us. We become active partners withGod in the restoration of life. When I learned a few years ago, for example,that I had potential health problems I trusted that God was in the diagnosis,hoped for the best, and ultimately became passionate about all things healthyand good. Healthy living was, for a time, all I could think about, read about,and work on. It was my “all in all.”
The same is true with everysituation and circumstance. When pressed with problems, trust in God, hope forthe best, and find your passion. Difficult times are not without meaning andpurpose. No one gets through life without them. They test our mettle. But theyalso provide the opportunity to be different. While one person may “curse Godand die,” another will “bless God and live.” Which will it be for you?
“Am I Holy?” provides a realitycheck on our spiritual state of mind. What’s your attitude, right now? “Bestill and know that I am God,” says the Holy One (Psalm 46:10). Whether yourdifficult time is at work or being out of work, inside yourself or with anotherperson, right next door or around the world, there is a way of seeing, being,feeling, and doing that makes God come alive. I hope you find that way foryourself.
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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
Bob Tschannen-Moran, MCC, BCC
President, LifeTrek Coaching International, www.LifeTrekCoaching.com
CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformation, www.SchoolTransformation.com
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