The Holy One is with us in all of life. Our purpose for opening the door inward is to help us know and claim who we are so we can more completely join with God in expressing this love in every part of our external world.
— Joyce Rupp
Open the Door: A Journey to the True Self
“Love from the Center of Who You are” is how Paul puts it (via Eugene Peterson’s paraphrase) in Romans 12:9a. My clients and students at Living Well Ministries are creating and recreating lives with a passion for such a life. We look inward not in selfishness or escapism, but in order to truly feel and act from the grace which we profess to be God’s. We boldly explore our present energy blocks, the ideas and habits which get in our way as we aspire to live generously and sustainably in this world. We dare to look at lifestyle habits of greed, gluttony and compulsion in which we trade spaciousness and receptivity for endless tasks. In the reality of experienced brokenness, we are learning how to rest in what Parker Palmer calls “a hidden wholeness.”
As I prepare to teach next month’s class on biblical self-care, I am reminded of Coach Cheryl Richardson’s wise challenge. How can we be truly follow our God’s guidance if we do not make time and room to get to know and listen to our True Self?
Joyce Rupp shares this passion, and I am grateful for the privilege of sharing her work as an invitation for fellowship and discernment among a sacred group of sisters in ministry this year. We call care so much about following our Lord in a calling to love the world. Really and materially. It’s my hope that this is a year for all of us of deepening that “Living Well” from which we can do so with joy.