In a recent trip to the hair salon I had time to sit down, open a magazine, and just veg. It was totally great, and I felt a freedom of allowing my mind to think whatever it wanted, there were no restrictions on time or responsibility. Quickly into this moment of relaxation I found that the world I had so much less time for, shocked me with its abandon of morality.
I found a few articles that did just the opposite and almost shocked me for their moral nature amongst pages of abandon. That is somewhat how I have felt in my new suburb of Chicago. I have felt a shocking sense of morality, I have seen a shocking sense of happiness and light, and it has led me to wonder- why is this place different?
The "Holy Spirit" is described in so many different ways that it is hard to understand what someone means when they say "I feel the spirit" . I have heard it described as overwhelming emotion that seems to pour out of someone without control, great joy, singing hallelujah and amen, and quiet confidence that God lives and knows His children.
The feelings of the spirit are hard to describe, the outcome is easier to denote, here are four ways you can know if you have felt the spirit:
1. Our minds will be filled with inspiring and uplifting thoughts.
2. We will be enlightened, or given new knowledge.
3. Our hearts will have feelings of peace, joy, and love.
4. We will want to do good and be helpful to others.
All good things come from Christ. He is an active participant in our lives more than we can truly understand. I've been surrounded by a community of churches. On my street alone there are two (and it is a small street), walking through the community there is a different church on just about every corner.
I can say that I have felt the light of Christ, the Spirit of God, in my interactions with these people. Not everyone in this town may attend one of these churches, but the influence of morality I feel cannot be separated from the influence of religion and believing woven into the very threads of the town.
They may not share the same exact beliefs as me but they share the common ground of worship of God, morality, and family values. These people believe in something, and that belief has created their culture of carring and love, respect, and an overall confidence. This is where I felt the world had changed, the idea that beliefs are separate from God, morals are separate from His laws, and that values exist outside of Religion, if that is the case then all of such are subject to change, subject to fail.
I know that with Christ we cannot fail and that we can create communities where He is present even if it is just within ourselves.
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