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Don't Take This Faith Journey Alone
Learn how spiritual direction can guide you on your faith journey
For most of my Christian life, I have journeyed alone. Growing up, faith was not an important part of our home, so when I found God as a teenager, there was no one there to guide me. As I stumbled into my twenties, I struggled to find purpose and direction, which allowed my life to go far off course. How different my life could have been with a spiritual director to guide me!
Where are you in your faith journey? Are you walking alone?
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Why You Need a Spiritual Guide
For many, finding God is a solo exercise - but it doesn’t need to be. I journeyed alone and was generally happy in my Christian life. Yet, I could feel there was something more out there. Years went by, and I grew deeper in my faith than most, but I still struggled at times. Finding people to guide me spiritually is what made the difference. Here’s how it can help:
To Find Direction
Taking a walk through the local forest preserve is fine for anyone, but to take a serious hike through the mountains without a guide can leave you lost, and even in physical danger. Imagine hiking Mt. Everest without a guide - you probably wouldn’t return.
Yet we often go out on adventures with a simple map and compass in hand, hoping to reach our destination. But a map and compass won’t do you any good if you don’t know how to read them.
The Bible is our map, and the church is our compass. For everyday journeys, like a stroll through the forest preserve, you’ll do just fine, but the moment that life gets difficult, the map and compass will only you serve as well as you know how to read them. Unfortunately, by then, it’s too late. You’re lost in the woods and desperately seeking help.
A spiritual director is someone who can help you read that map and compass to understand God’s will for your life. Even in those leisurely strolls through the forest preserve, they can guide you to the most beautiful spots and challenge you to take paths that the average person has never seen before. Most importantly, they can guide you through those difficult moments as well.
To Be a Spiritual Companion
One of the most dangerous choices you can make when exploring the wilderness is to go out alone - especially as a novice. If you get lost or injured, there is no one there to help.
Even the most experienced hikers can get lost or injured. There are always stories on the news of some avid outdoorsmen or adventurer who has been missing for a week. The common denominator in many of those stories is that they went out alone, and when tragedy struck, there was no one there to help.
Having a companion walking beside you on the journey gives you a second opinion to make sure you don’t get lost, and they will be there to help you if you’re injured. They are even there to encourage you to the top when the steep climb takes every ounce of energy you have.
So why do most of us walk the path of faith alone? Why do we expect to know which path to take without someone by our side? Having someone traveling with you, someone you trust and can freely open up to, ensures that you will never be alone - regardless of what obstacles you face.
Get the Most Out of Life
So far, I’ve spent most of this time talking about how a spiritual director can prevent you from getting lost or hurt. Maybe that was because of my own rocky experience with faith that I hope to help others avoid the same. But now that I’ve learned how to avoid the dangers on this journey, I’ve realized how having someone to guide me has helped me to get the most out of life.
An experienced guide will lead you to that waterfall that the average hiker would never find. They will challenge you to the top of that vista because they know the view from there is life-changing. And you will grow in knowledge enough to become a guide for others on their journeys.
My faith has always been strong, but I’ve developed a deep, rich, and personal connection with God. I can thank my guides for helping me to get there.
Where are you at? Do you want to develop that relationship more?
A New Path
I spent two decades aimlessly wandering the forests and mountains of my Christian life - continually getting lost and hurt. Stubbornly, I took the same paths over and over again, struggling to find my destination (a deeper faith) and repeatedly getting hurt in the process. But then I invited a pair of guides into my life, who helped shape the decisions I would make to a new path.
And want to help you do the same. Every journey is unique. I needed knowledgeable guides that could help me navigate my journey, and now I’m ready to help guide you on yours.
I’ve been working with a handful of people over the last few years as a spiritual director in my free time, but now, I’m expanding that to a full-time ministry. If you’re looking for a guide on your spiritual journey, or want to find out more about what spiritual direction is, click on the link below.
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