One of the unexpected blessings along this road to publishing has been the opportunity to meet new writer-friends. Heather Caliri is one of these people. Heather writes at A Little Yes, where she chronicles her adventures in what she calls “post-perfectionist faith.” (I love that!) Her blog “is about getting off the parade route of Christian success culture. It’s about becoming grafted into the Vine, instead of doing spiritual pushups. It’s about making simple changes with profound implications.”
A few weeks ago Heather interviewed me about Spiritual Misfit, and I have to say, she was remarkably patient with the myriad interruptions of kids and dogs. At one point I sat outside in the mini-van with the engine and the air conditioning blasting, just to get a little peace and quiet.
Here’s a little bit from our chat that day, but I’d love for you to hop over to Heather’s place to read the whole conversation – she asks really good questions!
Asking yourself a simple question about believing in God—why not?–transformed your faith. I too have been knocked sideways by the power of a few deceptively easy questions. What is it about questions that’s so transformative?
We are not typically encouraged to ask questions in society—or, partly, in Christian culture. We hear Biblical stories and what our minister tells us, and we are expected to take that as absolute fact. And move on.
I was not able to do that. I am a questioning, skeptical person in my soul. I like digging into things. So I had a lot of question about God, Jesus, heaven, and hell.
I squelched them.
And as time passed, I drew further away from God.
It was only when I gave myself permission to ask questions that things changed. I asked, “Why not consider faith?”
I was a non-believer that pretended that I had faith. Even admitting that I was not a believer was a major turning point.
You can’t begin to believe in God until you’re come clean.
It’s funny, I had been taught to not ask questions as a believer, so when I became an unbeliever, I didn’t question that either. Unbelief became my identity.
When I asked, “Why not?” it turned my whole identity upside down.
…Read more from my conversation with Heather over at A Little Yes.