Tuesday, January 15, 2008


It seems in our busy world there is a draw to develop our inner lives. This kind of activity is typically tied to solitude and deep inner reflection. But to find genuine balance we need to connect with others.

One expert in this discipline observed, "When left to our own devices, human beings can come up with unlimited delusions. We need somewhere we can go to test our own reality."

It is suggested that this 'reality testing' is best done in community. A safe place where a person might bounce off of others what they hear in their times of reflection. Of course this assumes that those in the community we choose are grounded enough to not allow their reality to skew their input into us.

It seems to me there must be a more objective tool to help balance what any of us perceive as our reality. It must be something that might keep all in the community grounded. Otherwise we will simply be informed by our own versions of reality which may or may not be correct.

What might this objective tool be? I suggest the Bible. It must be the Word of God with limited commentary. It needs to be the raw scripture simply laid over our lives. It is the scripture that "...exposes us for what we really are" (Hebrews 4:12). And it is in our wrestling with what we really are that we discover our genuine reality.

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