Faith Doesn’t Come in a One-Size Fits All Package

Dear Reader:

While reading an article on one person’s perception of different kinds of spiritual temperaments….traditionalists, naturalists, activists, intellectuals, caregivers…solitude and simplistic faith followers…One fact arises…we don’t all have to worship the same way. God wants us to worship according to the way He made us. (Gary Thomas: Sacred Pathways)

…” By understanding our spiritual temperaments, we can develop the tools we need to grow spiritually. The goal here is not self-actualization or spiritual self-absorption, but to feed our souls so we can know God in a new way, love him with every cell of our being, and then express that love by reaching out to others.”

 Gary L. Thomas

I remember going to several educational conferences (during my teaching days) when the theme  was “One size doesn’t fit all”...in other words, all children learn differently and the key to successful teaching/and student learning is figuring out the individual learning styles of each student.

Teaching the same thing, the same way, to all children in a class, brings about the same results….a scattering of successful students, a scattering of mediocrity, and finally a scattering of unsuccessful students. This pie graph never changes unless the teaching techniques fit each individual student’s needs.

I think this is true of our own individual relationships with our Creator. We each have to forge our own pathway of faith with God’s nudging and directions….but not everyone is going to take the same path to meet God.

Just during my lifetime my own spiritual temperance has subtly changed from more traditional and group organized to solitude and simplicity…moments talking to my flowers and trees in the garden, delighting in new buds and blooms…smelling the rich dirt held in my hand….watching a sunrise or sunset…awestruck by a full moon. It is in these moment that I feel God’s presence ….It is a private and personal conversation these days.

“Nature never repeats herself, and the possibilities of one human soul will never be found in another.”

I believe this to be true…there will never be another me and there will never be another you. That is why one size doesn’t fit all.

We each must find our own path of faith and in doing so we will find the love we so longingly seek…we will find God because, quite simply, God is love.

So until tomorrow…

I love this Kelly Rae Robert’s angel titled ‘Loved’ because all of you have made me feel this way during these past few trying days. Thank you for your texts, emails, calls, and cards…making me smile, wipe a tear, and just plain laugh out loud uproariously!

 


Pam Stewart, a friend from church, sent this card which read…Life maybe raining on your parade right now…but I’m asking God to make the sun peek out from behind the clouds. and to bring you a rainbow soon!

Pam went on to say that God already had it covered… putting me on Rainbow Road. She’s right!

 

Happy “Official” birthday to my wonderful niece, Bekah! May your day be filled with love, peace, and excitement over new tomorrow’s!

Belated Happy Birthday to Susan Swicegood…Susan…you are just going to have to chalk up this delayed birthday wish to a delayed neuron (actually several) flowing through my head and out my ears. I remember last year…making myself repeat…”Mollie and Susan on the 18th…Bekah on the 19th.” It obviously didn’t work or stay in my memory bank.

Perhaps two car robberies, foot surgery and “too” many pain killers sucked my memory right out… I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday!

 

BUT…if I could  bake a cake…this is what I would have made for you! 🙂

 

*Walsh and Mollie made it to San Francisco safe and sound and were already digging into oysters when they sent this picture. I am sure though Walsh and Mollie are going to miss their “daily sugar supply” from Eloise.

 

 

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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2 Responses to Faith Doesn’t Come in a One-Size Fits All Package

  1. bcparkison says:

    Aren’t we blessed that we aren’t all the same? Thankfully God is the same..Yesterday, today and tomorrow.

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      It is so comforting to know that no matter how many people populate our planet….no two of us are alike…mind-boggling.

      Like

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