The Four Paths

You have read today about the “four paths” children may set out on: friendship with God, formal moments of grace, loving service of others and joy in creation.

As adults, we may have explored some distance along these paths. We may no longer entirely think as a child – as St Paul put it. However, the question to put to ourselves is not, “How advanced are we along these paths?” That way leads to pride and self-satisfaction, as if there is nowhere left for us to go. The truth is, none of us is very far along any of these paths.

One question I find helpful for myself is, when I think of these four paths, am I being childish and refusing to grow; or, am I being child-like, and allowing God to take me by the hand and lead me where God wants me to go?

How can I love God more deeply?

Am I open to God’s grace when I receive Holy Communion each Sunday?

Do I recognise Christ when I serve others?

Do I feel God’s presence in the beauty of God’s world?