Sacred Pathways

Gary Thomas, a friend of Rick Warren, noticed that many Christians were stuck in a worship rut. He raised the question, "Since God has intentionally made us all different, why should everyone be expected to love (worship) God the same way?" (1)

Gary has discovered that for 2,000 years Christians have used many different paths to enjoy intimacy with God. In his book Sacred Pathways, Gary identifies nine ways that people draw near to God:

  • Naturalists love God best when they are outdoors.
  • Sensates love God best when all their senses are engaged.
  • Traditionalists love God best when they are able to stick close to ritual, symbols, and familiarity.
  • Ascetics love God best in solitude and simplicity.
  • Activists love God best when they are battling injustice and evil.
  • Caregivers love God best through caring for those who hurt.
  • Enthusiasts love God best by experiencing celebration.
  • Contemplatives love God best through adoration and meditation.
  • Intellectuals love God best when their mind is fully engaged.
Did you find your favorite approach to loving God? Have you figured it out yet? ? It is not about style. So what is it about? It is about, how much of you does God have when you worship?

SOURCE: (1 Rick Warren. Purpose Drive Life. Zondervan Publishing, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2002, pg. 102-103)
* submitted by Patrick Lok

A Christian Olympian

Cindy Klassen is the toast of Canada. Yesterday she won a gold medal in the women's 1,500-meter long-track speed skating event. It has been inspiring to watch Klassen compete at these Olympics, knowing that she does so for the glory of God.

"I'm thankful for everything God has given me...God has given me this gift to be able to skate and race, and he wants 100 percent of me."

Soli Deo - an article about worship

"Real worship in spirit and truth is
a life offered to God in response to His grace and love in Christ,
a breath-by-breath glorification of Who He is,
a delighting in and obedience to His Living Word,
and a humble praise for His awesome deeds among all nations."