A couple of days ago, I had an incredible privilege to speak to the interns at an organization in Seattle called "Serve Seattle", which is run by the Union Gospel Mission. These incredibly brave people come to Seattle for close to a year and dedicate their lives to working among the urban poor as well as to study and spiritual transformation.
My talk revolved around what Spirit is, how it works, what it’s for. And how it can heal us from the wounds that we medicate daily with things like porn, substances, self-hate, religion, social media, work, and the myriad of other forms of medicine that are available to us in this modern age.
I wonder what I would have felt had someone said these things to me when I was between 18 and 25 years old. Could I have heard it? Back then, I was depressed – really depressed. But I didn’t know it. I had never had anyone tell me anything outside of the idea that my problems were "because I was sinful." Simply put, the narrative of my life was, “You’re not worthy – but thank God for Jesus, you piece of crap.”
I am pretty sure the people that were responsible for my development didn’t mean for this to be the theological takeaway of my childhood, but nevertheless, that’s what happened.
For this reason, I want to spend the rest of my life doing what I did just the other day. I want to reach into the lives of people who have, at some level, believed the lie that they too are not worthy and I want to decimate that lie with the light of the truth – that we are not only loved, but that we are love. Because we are created in the image of LOVE.
What a privilege.
Photos courtesy of Sam Vert