It Doesn’t Cost Much To Consult With God

Today is Good Friday and I thought it would be appropriate to write a post on spirituality.
By birth or by choice, I assume that we all belong to some religion. Even if you are not Christian/Catholic I urge you to read on. This post is not specific to a religion. Rather, it’s about my observations, on the emphasis we place on religion.

#1. God, takes a backseat in our lives
Studies, work, additional income, technology, exercise, entertainment, family and friends.... Sometimes I feel 24 hours isn’t even sufficient to cater for all these. So is it a surprise that we have no ounce of time, for enriching our lives through religion?

At the end of any day, we are so tired and can only think of sleep. I don’t know about you, but the instant I get to bed, I fall asleep! Basically, there is no time to have a conversation with God.

#2. The more knowledgeable we get, the more we question our religion.

Where knowledge ends, religion begins.
Benjamin Disraeli
When you were in kindergarten, adults would have easily persuaded you. You would buy into almost anything that was told to you with conviction. Decades later, with several graduate degrees under your name, the harder this becomes. You begin to question religion and it’s teachings. You try to make sense of religion and science. Is this right or wrong? I observed. You decide.

#3. The percentage of elderly, in a place of worship
If you even visit a place of worship, you might have noticed this yourself. The majority of people present will be elderly people. May be now that they have retired, they have time on their hands. May be they feel nearer to their deathbed and feel it is time to be closer to God. May be they don’t have any responsibilities and they are just looking for some answers. Or just may be it’s a collection of all the above. I really don’t know. What do you think?

#4. We turn to God, only when we NEED something
We cruise through life, until we come to a roadblock that’s beyond our control. Your “human power” can’t get you through that. You look for answers. You ask, “Why me Lord?”

#5. You want to be more spiritual. But……..
If you have friends or family, who are more dedicated to religion than you, you might wish that you lived a similar lifestyle. You feel guilty that you don’t. You want to change. Sometimes, you do change…But it is short lived. After a while, your busy lifestyle sneaks up on you. Again, God takes a backseat.

I am sorry if this post is too blunt. This is something that had to be said. I have to shamefully admit that all what I have said above is true, for my life. What about you?
For a long time, I wanted to change that; to give religion the center stage it deserves. From time to time I did even though it was short lived. But I still keep trying. I suppose it’s never too late to put your life through a microscope. So partly, this post was my way of giving you (and me!) a little nudge towards spirituality. Did it work?

Whatever faith you are in, have faith. Sometimes, when nothing makes sense, God will.

I would like to know...
Are these observations true for you? Do you have any more to add?
Do you make time for God in your life?
If there is something you can say to help me, or anyone else in this predicament, please leave a comment.

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6 comments:

Meese said...

hi no offence but i don't think that just because we are born to a religion that we are part of a religion.

God and religion are two different subjects. The moment you mix the two its gets messed up!

God doesn't take a back seat with me anymore.. he doesn't get a seat at all.

I think knowledge is important and questioning is what will lead to answers.

Old people might be having more time and preparing for death!

I don't turn to God for i need something and I don't say "why me lord"

No I don't really want to be more spiritual and I have no guilt about it.
So i'm guessing these are not for me.

Prageeth said...

I don't believe in God, but I shall present my opinion with regards to spirituality.

This world is now built heavily on material need. One may argue that there is a spiritual uprising in the media, with religious-themed films and shows, as well as forums and video feeds on the internet. Yet, the common mans desire in context of spirituality is based solely on an selfish need for peace; and such a need would only arise when other, more material needs of man are not met. Thus, spirituality and God takes the backseat. This is not "wrong", but is simply the nature of man.

I do not label myself as a "spiritual person" as such, but I do make a great deal of effort to reflect upon things and adhere to the principles of the Path I follow.

I think we should all try to explore our faiths a little more, whatever religion or teachings we follow. There is so much more to learn. Let our interest in our faith grow with the increase of our knowledge!

Enhance Life said...

@Meese: "God and religion are two different subjects". Well, I can't completely agree with you on this one because I think its subjected to the religion. Isn't it?

@Prageeth: "I think we should all try to explore our faiths a little more, whatever religion or teachings we follow" very well said!

Jodee Bock said...

Well, for me this a very timely post. These are topics that have become very important in my life in recent months. I am becoming more aware of the distinctions in my own life between religion and spirituality; between beliefs and knowledge; and between love and fear. For me religion is a lot like belief and also like fear: all are external. Spirituality, Knowledge and Love are all internal and don't need to be explained or understood or analyzed, they simply need to be accepted. And for many of us that is the most difficult part. It's very simple, just not easy since we've spent so many years putting up the roadblocks to that which is already accessible if we would just yield.

I'm learning that I have a direct connection to God and as I wake up, I notice more and more that questioning is my path to getting beyond the questions to the knowing that I've had all along. I don't feel the need to go to a building on a certain day of the week to "find" God - I take God with me wherever I go.

Thanks for this very thought-provoking and inspiring post!

Adrienne O. said...

I found this post interesting. I once always made it a constand habit just the way I would make a cup of coffee I would pray and thank god for my blessings. Its true though this is for people that are religious when things are bad we turn to god more...its something that I know Im guitly of and it does make me feel bad.
I have made it a goal/habit to pray in the morning on my train ride. You can pray anywhere in any position so its a matter of just doing it.

Christopher Tharalla said...

My name is Christopher. I come from a Christian family. Way back, after finishing my schooling and when I was doing my Intermediate (junior college), I sensed a kind of emptiness in my heart. (This emptiness, which I later-on understood, was God’s way of drawing me to Himself). In my desperate attempts to solve this problem, I found myself bunking college and attending Christian meetings and visiting Christian bookshop with the hope of finding a solution. During one such visit to a Christian bookshop, I came across a small book-let titled; Tell me plainly, how to be saved. Through this book-let (written according to the Bible), I have understood that every human-being is a sinner and is bound to go to hell after one’s time on this planet-earth is over. But God’s great love for man-kind made Him send His only son, Jesus Christ, into this world. Jesus, who lived a sin-less life, suffered an account of our sins and died on the cross in our place. He rose again from death the third day and is now in the midst of us in the form of the Holy Spirit. Whoever believes in Him will become a child of God and will skip hell to enter heaven, the presence of the Almighty God.


The book-let went-on to say that the way of believing in Jesus Christ is by repenting of our sins and asking Jesus for forgiveness for our sins as only the blood of Jesus Christ has the power to cleanse us from every kind of sin. Then we should invite Jesus into our hearts. When I did all this, the emptiness in my heart left and the love, joy & peace which I never had till then filled my heart. Since then, the Lord has been wonderfully leading me and has never left me alone, as per His promise in the Bible for all those who come to him in faith. He gave a purpose for my living. Whatever I have been going through in life, I can say with all confidence, that there was never a time that I felt or was left helpless; this is so as one of the precious promises in the Bible says: “Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the LORD lack nothing good.”

This is how the Lord has sought me, forgave my sins, made me His child, gave me a purpose for living, has been meeting all my needs and put His peace & joy in my heart that no person or experience or circumstance or problem can take it away.

It’s a Biblical fact that every person has a heart with a God-shaped vacuum and nothing can fill that vacuum, except God Himself. This is why we need to invite Jesus to come into our hearts after repenting of our sins.

The one decision I will never regret is, giving my heart to the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope and wish that you also will make a decision to make Jesus Christ your personal Lord and Savior. If so, please say this prayer meaningfully from your heart:

Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you are the Almighty God. Thank you for suffering on the cross for my sake. I now repent of all my sins. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with your precious blood. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus and make me your child. From now on, I will read the Bible regularly and obey what it says. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

If you have made a decision to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, please let me know the good news. Thanks. May you know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

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