Faith Issues

Keswick Higher Life….

Lee Irons has a blog post on Keswick Burnout. If you have been depressed lately over the quality of your spiritual life, this is a must read. Dave Sable has this response to Lee’s post: “Great thoughts by Lee.  I downloaded the lectures to listen to.  Here are some thoughts his post raised in me.  OK, Lee is a theologian and I’m not so he might rip this to shreds.  Nevertheless, this is what is working for me now.

For me, I no longer think of Christian spirituality in terms of striving towards a perfect state of being.  I no longer think, “If only I just (fill in the blank – reckon my self dead, crucify self, be filled with Christ, master Romans 6, pray more, read my Bible more, deny self, fast etc.) I will arrive.”

This illustration is how I think of things now (I don’t know if it is technically accurate but it is still a good illustration):  When a commercial jet is going from point A to point B, it is off course 80% of the time.  With wind and heat changes, the jet slightly drifts from its course.  The pilot, however, sends a signal every couple of minutes and constantly corrects its course.

To me, this illustrates my Christian spirituality.  It isn’t that I never have some really stinky ideas in my head or I don’t react in poor ways.  I do drift off course constantly.  But as I learn more about God as well as learn about myself, I find that I am able to make course corrections sooner so that I don’t get so far off that I start really making a huge mess of things.

I will never be perfect, per se, in this life.  But the spiritual tools and disciplines that I have been given (meditation, prayer, confession, making amends, journaling, teaching, fellowship, communion, etc.)  help me correct my course.

About Editor

Margaret Irons and her husband Steve and three children were in the Fullerton Geftakys Assembly for twenty years. We left in March, 1990. We are still recovering and learning in Orange County, CA.

1 comment on “Keswick Higher Life….

  1. Thanks for resources on Keswick thinking. I’ve been looking for some. I’m sorry to hear of your assembly experience. I’m rejoicing to hear of your process of healing. The Lord allows both good and bad… praise Him anyways, and at all times. He is working out everything for good to those who love Him and are called according to His purpose.

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