As I lay here contemplating how I’m going to speak to my audience about spirituality and faith in this blog; I find myself stuck. Which is honestly quite baffling for me as I was raised Christian and am a huge believer of God, the Holy Spirit, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In any situation I have credited my well being and blessings to God.
I wish to touch briefly on loving and finding God for yourself. The world is full of many different beautiful religions, spiritual practices and daily moral guidelines for people to live by. However, I’m going to touch on spirituality and faith from a Christian standpoint.
I grew up in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. A church which tends to lead by strict guidelines and disciplines in terms of “proper” worship and church etiquette. While I love the church, it was not until I learned myself that I realized I did not necessarily agree with all of the laws and disciplines my church taught me. My faith grew from my trials. My family and church set the foundation for my faith to be built upon and my trials and self growth and love constructed the faith I have today.
I aim to leave the readers and consumers of this article with one thought. Spirituality and Faith is not one dimensional and does not fit into a cookie cutter construct. God loves us and made us individuals and it is our own job and justice to ourselves to seek him in the way that feeds our soul the most. Whether that be through daily meditation and prayer, going to church, religiously reading the Bible, whatever feels right. I can tell you from experience that growing in Christ, self love, and faith, does not come easy. You will struggle at many stages of your life to stay strong in your faith and truly put your trust in God. However, when you have found the best way to feed your soul, you will never feel lost or wither in pain again.
John 6:3-5 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Article by Jewell Copeland