Now that I’ve got that out of the way let me dive right in!
Recently I’ve had several conversations regarding faith and change. Many have been coming to me and speaking of their issues. The conclusion is that they are not being spiritual enough, not praying enough, not reading the bible enough and so on.
Now as a Christian I certainly understand what they are saying. I understand what they mean. I’m just not sure that it’s accurate.
Is the process of change that simple or one dimensional?
Is the answer to life’s issues for Christians to read the Bible more? To pray more? To be more Christian?
It seems to me that change is a bit more complex than that.
With that said let me say that I think that prayer, Bible reading, and meditation are important components to everyday living.
For the Christian man or woman that is an addict and has prayed and prayed to be released from their addiction. And release doesn’t come. Then what?
For the Christian ruled by fear and daily reads verses about not being afraid and fear doesn’t leave. What are they supposed to do?
Sometimes change is more complex and usually old thought patterns need to be deconstructed and new ones reconstructed.
Usually insight into how individuals construct their lives is equally as helpful.
In other words why do people do what they do when they do it?
Why do people think what they think when they think it?
These are key questions that usually cannot be answered by increasing the frequency or intensity of prayer, bible reading, or just being more spiritually minded.
I believe that once these key questions have been asked and answered then prayer and Bible reading are great tools to help in change and maintain stability of change by keeping us in a more healthy mindset that allows us to be able to cope with life in a healthy godly way.