Trust Our Co-Author

In the last post, I talked about how important it is to choose our creative partner well. The second key to collaborating creatively? Trusting our creative partner.

Trusting our Co-Author might be a bit harder than choosing God as our Co-Author. This is especially true when things are difficult or seem to go wrong. We might even feel worried that God will use his almighty power and “take over” our lives, and that we will be left without any real choices to make.

It’s true that our all-powerful God has ultimate control of the universe: God gave us the world and ourselves, and put us in a certain time and place. It’s also true that throughout our lives, wonderful and terrible things happen. We cannot control many of the circumstance of our lives, and the illusion that we can is a destructive lie that makes us focus our energies in the wrong direction and lose our serenity. The nature of life is gift: God creates us, provides what we need, and then works through everything—even the evil choices of others—to bring about a greater good for us and for the world.

But God doesn’t control us, and doesn’t want to! The mind-boggling truth is that God leaves us free to respond to our circumstances, including trying to change them. God values our free will tremendously, and never forces us. He might invite us, nudge us, woo us, seek to persuade us…but ultimately, which path we choose to follow, and what we choose to think, say, and do, is up to us.

God asks us to trust him, but he trusts us first, just as he loves us first.

An important motive for trust is remembering God’s premise for the story of our lives:

Our all-good God loves us and always wants what is good and best for us.

According to God’s storyview, the story of our lives will reveal the victory of God’s love over all obstacles. In upcoming posts, we’ll start to look at how God’s love is at work in the story of our lives, and how we can trust in God’s love for us, no matter how the plot of our lives is developing.

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To Journal About:

  • How have I experienced God as trustworthy in my life?

Discernment is…a living relationship with all creation!

Every once in a while, I’ll post one of my favorite quotations from Father Marko Ivan Rupnik’s book, Discernment: Acquiring the Heart of God. I had a little problem with the size, but if you click on the title or image, you can read it more easily. Here is today’s quotation:

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Four Essential Principles for Discernment

02 CAs we’ve been reflecting in the past few posts, discernment begins—and makes sense—only in the light of God’s point of view: God’s unconditional love for us. From God’s storyview flow the “key principles of discernment” that we will explore in the next few blogposts. In classic or traditional terms, these are essential to authentic discernment:

Between two (or more) good choices. It’s not a good choice vs. a bad choice. God would never want us to choose to do something bad.

In the context of a vibrant relationship with God. Discernment is more than making a choice or a decision—it’s seeking God’s will. How will we come to know or want what God wants, unless we come to know and love God?

“3D” listening. As we discern, we need to pay attention to our whole being, our loved ones, our circumstances, and the world around us, because the Holy Spirit lives and works within us, around us, and through others. Our thoughts, feelings, situations, others’ needs and concerns, the needs of the world, the insights of others, the voice and needs of the community, the guidance of a mentor or guide–all of these help us to listen to God’s invitations.

Free. Making a free choice is the aspect of discernment that can take the most time, wisdom, reflection, and guidance.

Please Chime In!

Do these points make sense to you? In the next few posts, we’lll explore each of these key principles of discernment, but it’d be great to hear your questions! You can post them here in the comments, or email them directly to me.