We are all on a spiritual journey together. What makes our stories stand out, however, is that each of our journies is unique to each and every single one of us.
No one story is completely alike. I mean, think about it. We are all a part of a greater picture in life but our roles may vary. We are all growing, evolving, maturing, and adapting to our circumstances. Everyone experiences life changes differently and I think that is what is most beautiful about our stories.
This week, we spoke with our friend, Eric Nevins, of the Halfway There podcast about the different ways we view our spiritual journey. One of the things that Eric shared with us is that there are actually four parts to our spiritual journey.
There is the journey of meeting Jesus, there’s the journey of learning Jesus,
there’s the journey of finding yourself in Jesus, and then there is the journey of
loving like Jesus where we actually step into the world in a way where we‘re
actually loving and caring about people – Eric Nevins
Often times we get stuck between learning who Jesus is and learning who we are in Jesus’ story. As Christians, we often think about our spiritual journey as simply knowing who Jesus is. But in reality, there is so much more beneath the surface. Our stories are embedded in Jesus’ story. If we believe that Jesus is writing our story with us, then why do we feel like our stories don’t matter?
“I don’t feel close to God like I used to.”
“He reads scripture every single day but I can’t bring myself to even read it once a week.”
“I’m no longer growing in my small group at Church.”
“She seems so much stronger in her prayer life than I do.”
These are just some of the things we tend to struggle with at some point in our spiritual journey. But we have to realize that our spiritual journey is unique to us. Our stories and our experiences are not the same as others and that’s okay. I know that sometimes I feel stuck where I’m at. There are times where I feel like my story doesn’t hold the significance as others do. And I’m sure you have these thoughts too.
But I want you to know that your story matters.
Your Story Matters
It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a Christian your entire life or if you’ve never heard of Christ before, you’re not wrong. Your spiritual journey is unique to you. We can get so hung up on where we are at in our story that we forget that it is called a journey for a reason. Comparison is a thief of joy, especially when we are comparing where we are at in our spiritual journies to others.
It’s okay to be wherever you are in your spiritual journey. Just let yourself be where you are. – Eric Nevins
If there is one thing I want you to know is that it’s okay to have doubts and questions. It’s okay to feel stuck within your own story. It can be hard to think about the future when we’re stuck in the dry seasons of our lives. That’s okay. It is perfectly normal to ponder the significance of your story. You are human and you are going to have doubt. There will be days where you feel like you have it all together and there will be days where you are unsure of where to go next.
But that is part of the process. The doubt and fear is part of your spiritual journey. The questions you may be struggling with in your head play a significant role in your walk with Christ. Jesus isn’t afraid of your questions. He invites them in. Jesus invites you in. Wherever you are at in your spiritual journey, you are welcomed into the Kingdom.
I hope you feel confident today in your walk with Christ. But even if you don’t, you will reach a point where you look back on your spiritual journey and realize just how far you have come.
Your story matters. Please keep writing it.