When we come to faith in Jesus, our personality and our unique outlook on life does not get erased. So, why do we try to follow a path to God that works for someone else, such as our pastor, or teacher, or religious professional? In Sacred Pathways, we assess ourselves to discover our most natural pathway to God, the pathway where we feel strongest connection, the greatest fulfillment, and the most alive.
We each have our own temperament and needs, different ways we get energized, different types of spaces that help us feel connected to God. So it only makes sense that we each need a unique and custom-made pathway to God that fits how God has made us.
There are followers of Jesus who draw near to God and grow to love him more when they are in awe and amazed by who God is, what he does, and all God has made. Naturalists say, “Let me be outdoors.” Sensates declare, “Let me experience.” Traditionalists cry out, “Let me remember.”
There are lovers of Jesus who yearn for quiet. Their soul connects to God in spaces where they can reflect, find solitude, and plumb the depths of their emotional world. Intellectuals say, “Let me think.” Ascetics request, “Let me be alone.” Contemplatives ask, “Let me feel.”
The Spirit of God has super-charged some Christians with energy and desire to do things for Jesus. These passionate believers feel the pleasure of God and are most engaged in their faith when they are doing something that honors God. The Caregiver says, “Let me care.” The Activist says, “Let me conquer.” The Enthusiast says, “Let me celebrate.”
The wide array of colors and shapes that God has made in flowers is a beautiful testimony to the creativity of our Maker. The same is true with how God made people and the spiritual pathways we walk. As each unique Christian walks his or her God-designed pathway, the beauty of God’s plan unfolds for heaven and earth to see.