Friday, March 6, 2009

Religiosity and the Cart

To complete a change recently I had to complete umpteen forms and processes, some of which served no real need, at least that which I could see. The bureaucracy of complexity is maddening at times, yet it can be seen as a character-building venture. It’s something to smile about when nothing else can be done.

How often does the tool serve the tradesperson beyond its use? We often ascribe to the tool too much value and hence the tool drives us rather than us driving it. We’re all challenged by this truth.

What are we driven to do in our religiosity? We all have a tendency to do things religiously. The minute things in life that seem so important; once we move up a little in order to take a helicopter view we see their true significance--we see things for what they actually are. How important is it?

We need to get high enough to ensure we’re masters of our tools and not the other way around.

What are the things of true and eternal significance? We need to take time out to dream spiritually. We need to throw our tools away and start afresh sometimes.

The cart and the horse and the order of things; we get it all so confused at times. What routines are holding us back? What dead rules command our way? What external religiosity drives us?

True spirituality is an inside job. It’s internal to who we are. What are we and where are we when all the infrastructure is stripped away. The infrastructure serves us in and toward our pursuit of God, not the other way around.

We know when we are “losing altitude when things begin to get big.”[1] When little issues take precedence over the truly significant we can be sure we’re putting religiosity and the cart first, to the detriment of things of true value.

We need to take a high spiritual view. We need perspective.

Copyright © 2009, S. J. Wickham. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.

[1] A.W. Tozer, The Worship Driven Life, The Reason We Were Created – Ed. James L. Snyder (London: Monarch Books, 2008), p. 86.

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