Intellectuals draw near to God through their minds. – Gary L. Thomas, The Sacred Pathway 2000 A friend sent me a link recently to a very interesting assessment (you can go here to take it yourself). The concept is a simple one: examine some of the personality traits that God has created you with, and use those to determine if certain forms of personal worship might be more conducive than others.
The form that I received the highest score on was intellectual. While that doesn’t surprise me (I’ve often been accused of over-thinking), I noticed something peculiar. I scored evenly in almost all other categories (18 being my lowest and 24 being my highest).
This doesn’t mean I’m holier than anyone, but it leads me to a certain thought: my personal philosophy is encompassing much more than I would have ever anticipated. 10 years ago, mysticism was something I saw as silly. Now, its something that fascinates and convicts me. Charismatic worship used to frustrate me. Now, it touches me and reminds me how glorious it is to praise God. I spent most of life fighting traditions and rituals, only to now crave them in my own day to day existence.
All this means, what exactly? I will probably never be the master of anything. I won’t be a religious crusader, nor a social activist. But hopefully, regardless of my lack of specializing skills, I will have a robust and overflowing relationship with the Lord that will pour into every aspect of my life.
I like the sound of that.
Heavenly Father, I know I have squandered my time fighting and arguing about things I did not understand. And now, You have seen fit to illuminate my soul to those very things in order to rebuke, and change me. I thank you that I am so often wrong, and I praise Your perfecting work that is happening in me everyday. Teach me Your ways, oh Lord. In Jesus’ Precious Name, Amen.
About the Author: I am a lover of God, my wife, and my community. As a University of West Florida graduate, with an M.A. in Theological Studies from Liberty University, I strive at Master's Academy to instill in my students the same love and desire for learning that has characterized my own life. My areas of focus include Medieval Literature, Hemingway Studies, and Religious Studies. At present, I am working on a Hemingway paper, with the aim of being published. My wife and I had the pleasure of welcoming our son into the world in September 2010. To get a glimpse into both my writing style and the thoughts that form my theology, check out some of the sites I write for: Our Revolutionary Journey, Lectori Salutem, The Unfolding Drama and Behind the Veil. You can find me on the web at http://stillbehindtheveil.wordpress.com