I am horrible at this whole “life” thing!

I suck at life…I mean I am really horrible at it. When I say this, people always tend freak out. They tell me not to think negatively or that I’m being too hard on myself. But lets be honest, how many of you can actually say that you are great at life?! You have everything together all of the time and you know exactly where you’re going in life. If you do, please help me get to your level. Maybe it’s just me. I am just a 19 year old college kid trying to plan out my future.

I feel like I have no idea how to do “life”. Every time I attempt to master it on my own I fall flat on my face. I have had moments where I think I have it all together. But that’s just me lying to myself. Then God taps me on the shoulder and I realize I am completely failing him. I have Christian friends constantly telling me to allow Jesus to guide me. But when I’m at college, allowing Jesus to guide me just isn’t the “cool” thing to do. Don’t get me wrong, I’m having the time of my life. College is the best thing that has happened to me. I just always seem to have this nagging feeling that I’m missing something. It’s as if God is calling out to me but I refuse to listen. We have all seen toddlers who are just finding their independence. Their parents call out to them but they run off in the opposite direction. Forcing their mothers to chase after them. I am that toddler. God is my mother trying desperately to reach me and keep me out of harms way.

“He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him”- John 1:10. God sent Jesus to remind us of how horrible at life we are! I mean, literally, everything Jesus taught us was a foreign concept. His disciples had no idea what he was talking about most of the time! It wasn’t until Jesus died and rose from the grave that we began to have our eyes opened to the light. We fight for our independence and want to prove that we can survive on our own. But we can’t and we will never be able to. How many more times will God have to chase after you. He will never stop coming for you, but even God deserves a break every now and then.

And The Glory Goes To…

As an athlete, I’ve come to find that working out and playing the sport I love can be a spiritual experience.  This may sound strange, but during what other activity are you completely in tune with your body, using it completely for the purpose for which it was made?  When I work out I am constantly aware of the intricate internal workings of my body.  I can feel every contraction of muscle, every burst of energy released, every beat of my pounding heart, every spike of adrenaline coursing through my veins, every intake of breath…  And when I feel as though my body is about to give out, it is then that I feel most alive.

Personally, I believe that my athletic abilities, and those of all athletes, are gifts from God through which we are able to fully appreciate the life He has given us.  However, (and I include myself in this) all too often athletes get so wrapped up in the game or the competition that they lose sight of this blessing.

More often than not, when you hear athletes reference their faith in relation to their sport, you hear them talking about how God helped their team win the game or helped them personally out race the competition–as if God had some stake in which team or individual came out on top!  (Perhaps He makes bets with the Devil on who will win the Superbowl every year, I wouldn’t know, but I’d say that this is a bit of a long shot.)

We become so focused on the prize–the trophy, the medal, the fame–that we lose sight of what’s important.  We take for granted the strength of our bodies when so many others out there have lost or never had the ability to do a fraction of what we can.

As 16 year-old Olympic gymnast, Gabby Douglas, said after winning gold in the 2012 London Games, “God has given me this awesome talent to represent Him. Glory goes up to Him, and the blessings fall down on us.”  Although the vast majority of us may never see success even remotely close to hers, I believe that it is important that we glorify God for the talents He bestowed upon us during every practice and every competition.  Only then do I think that we can fully appreciate our sports and the life flowing within us.

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:13

–Kelsey–

Are You Well?

Those who believe in holistic medicine recognize eight dimensions of wellness which contribute to an individual’s overall health. There is much debate that the spiritual dimension has the most significant impact on health.  To reach a  place of optimal spiritual health, one must embark on a journey to discover the unique values, beliefs, and morals that will contribute to their life purpose. As part of this site’s mission, we (the creators of Religiality) aim to guide you in developing this state of spiritual wellness.

The number of people who are uncertain about their religious or spiritual identity is constantly growing.  Those that have not developed this identity are more likely to lack direction in their life which ultimately leads to more stress and derails them from a path of wellness.  The benefits experienced from spiritual health are definite and numerous.  A few of these benefits include increased experienced optimism, hope, relaxation, boosted immune function, less cardiovascular disease, and ultimately lengthened longevity.

Although the journey to discover one’s unique identity can be long and grueling, it is clearly important in perpetuating a state of spiritual wellness and directing life purpose. We hope that instead of disrespecting each others beliefs and perspectives that this blog can instead provide a place where we can support each other and promote the development of spiritual health.  That is our goal, and we hope that soon it will be yours too. Whether you are a person looking to discover, revamp, or polish your identity… we hope you will join us throughout the journey and become spiritually well.

–Rachel–