My twenties were an amazing decade. Likewise, my forties. (In my thirties, I had babies!)
In my twenties, besides moving to the UK and then the US, getting married, and earning two degrees, I
1 1) learned to ride a bike, aged 22.
2) learned to swim, aged 25.
3) learned to drive a car, aged 29.
4) learned to touch-type–and fast, aged 29.
Yeah, a late developer.
Generally, I do everything by books. Whether it’s hosting a children’s birthday party, gardening, or running a house, I tend to first buy three books on the subject which I quickly skim-read.
But for these achievements of my twenties—cycling, swimming, driving, typing—no amount of book learning would help. I just had to get in the pool, on the bike, behind the wheel, and do it.
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The truly life-transformational insights of my forties have been these.
1 1) That God loves me. That I can rest in his love. That I don’t need to do anything.
2) Learning to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. That when I am running ragged, I just need to stop and rest and wait for the filling of the Holy Spirit.
3) The Spiritual Passive Voice. Waiting. Trusting. Resting. Abiding. Not striving, but resting on the faithful one.
One can’t really learn these transformative spiritual practices from books. Or lectures from those who have mastered them–though these have helped me.
We can only learn them by “doing,”– resting in God, experiencing him, asking him to fill us with his Spirit.
Just hanging out with God.
They have to be caught, from the Father and the Spirit and Jesus—and then practised. They cannot really be taught. We learn them by doing them.
How about you? What has been spiritually transformational for you in the last decade? How did you learn it?