June 24, 2012
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“If you don’t go within, you go without.” by Neale Donald Walsch

I like this quote. I don’t think we encourage internal growth, especially Spiritual growth enough. It seems like a second or third thought –if we think about it all!  To me “going within” means paying attention to where God is in my life and where else I can invite God to be part of my life.  It just doesn’t make sense to me that so few see their God relationship as important. In a world where what we look like gets an enormous about of attention, time and money; it seems strange we care so little about what we “look like” to God.  I mean shouldn’t we want to be healthy in our relationship with God as much as we want to look and feel healthy?  It seems so logical to me, but I just don’t think most people see it that way.  My spiritual life adds so much to my life as a whole. It makes me more fully who I was created to be. I need it. I depend on it. The base or foundation of my well being is connected directly to that relationship.  If I didn’t “go within” to be with God I would be going without a foundational part of who I am.  What about you?  How does that strike you?

Sincerely,

Lee Self

Rev. E. Lee Self

About The Author:

My simple life… is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God lead me. I have been married to Greg for 27 years and we have three wonderful children. My simple life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I let God take control. I followed God’s call to begin seminary at Perkins School of Theology in January 2006. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God’s call. I began the Degree in the Art of Spiritual Direction at San Francisco Theological Seminary in January 2009. I graduated in May 2011. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. I was ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA and spent three amazing years in Pastoral Ministry at Highland Springs Senior Living in Dallas, TX. My life is not simple at all. Yet it is so simple when I listen for God's call. My passion is the Christian Spiritual Life. As a spiritual director and retreat leader, I am so blessed to hear how God is at work in the world. How is God at work in your life?

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