Reflection on a Saying of a Desert Christian: anonymous

“The saints are like various trees, each bearing different fruit, but watered from the same source. The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but the same Spirit works in them,” said one great Father.

Unity but not uniformity.  People are people are people exactly as it delighted God to create each of us.  We are as we are because this is what God wants. God wants us to become the best version of ourselves as possible and, I believe, that starts with walking with God in a daily basis in the manner to which we have been called. There are so many ways to walk with God.  In my opinion, it really doesn’t matter which way we choose as long as we choose a path and stick to it, allowing the spiritual practice to shape and mold us.

People have spoken to me about getting bored with their spiritual practice and shifting around from this to that to which and what.  That is a mistake, I feel, because it assumes that there is supposed to be an entertainment value in our spiritual discipline.  It also assumes that we expect to consciously know how we are growing and changing. That expectation is erroneous because it overlooks the fact that the Holy Spirit is at work within us far more deeply than we can ever know.  We can only discover it, serendipitously.

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