This Week in Church: Better together and the roots of change

Welcome to the series wherein I share my take-aways from church. The things that, I think, are beneficial to all of us to know or think about, whether or not we believe in any church-related things.

I think that church can teach things that are beneficial to everyone, whether or not we believe in church-related things.

This week in church, we talked about being better together.

This one is not exactly a surprise: we need each other. Our deepest hurts may come from other people, but so does the deepest, most fulsome healing. If we want to get something done or be better in some way, it's going to be more effective if we do it in a state of togetherness.

This week in church, we talked about change.

What if, instead of changing ourselves based on fear, guilt, discipline, or trying harder, grace and love were at the basis of our drive to change? What the heck does that even mean?

I think it boils down to embracing that we are creatures worthy of love and acceptance, independent of our actions, non-actions, appearance, or whatever else we think gives us worth. If you want to put God in there (which makes a lot of sense if you're at church), then it's the idea that God loves us no matter what.

So if we accept that love and grace as a baseline, and then find our growth and change through that, what would be different? I think a lot of the things we do might be the same, but the motivation would be so different.

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