When Jesus was asked to define the single most important part of human action, “He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Gary Thomas, in his phenomenal book Sacred Pathways, helps us to embrace our God intended relationship with him. Much like Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages, Thomas presents his theory. His is that there are nine spiritual temperaments that shape how people feel loved by God, love God in return and love others as well.
You may have grown up in a family that is completely different than you; you may get frustrated by people who don’t act like you or think like you. You may think the guy who raises his hands should sit in the back row or that you can’t kneel in church because no one else does. You may have learned to be angry with yourself for not “being like you should be.”
So what? You may need to be reminded that you are fearfully and wonderfully made?
If you need to discover how God has designed you to be, take a look at the two books by the Garys.
If you love Sacred Pathways, the next step will be to go a little deeper and understand both yourself and your friends who are not like you. Download the free PDF available from Gary’s website that enhances the experience by providing thought provoking ways to engage with who you are designed to be. It lists worship songs to sings, scriptures to meditate on, questions to engage with. You can and should find it here.