Editor’s Note: Contributor Christine Moughamian is blogging each day of Lent about her progress becoming “one brave Christian.” Follow her experiment on Twitter @1bravechristian.
Today is Day 31 of my 31 days being a “brave Christian” with Sam Teague’s booklet.
This morning, I read the last scripture, Matthew 5:16, which I translated into metaphysical terms:
“Let your light so shine in the world that people may see your demonstrations of the Law of Creation and glorify Spirit within.”
Then I took the final assessment which Teague called “A LIFE THAT REALLY MATTERS SELF-EVALUATION.” (Capitals and italics are Teague’s).
Teague’s language dated his methods with a negative emphasis. However, I played fair and answered his questions the best I could.
1. No, I didn’t “follow exactly the half-hour schedule.” I usually devoted more time to scripture study than the allotted 10 minutes.
2. I started my prayer and meditation before or at 5:30 a.m. only 16 times, but I practiced first thing in the morning 29 times.
3. I “accomplished three-fourths of my good deeds,” although I didn’t “write them out” ahead of time as instructed.
4. I gave my 10 percent.
5. I prayed about my use of the other 90 percent of my income.
6. I “gained insight into my life through the daily scriptures.”
7. I’m not “behind in my two hours a week ” but right on schedule.
8. I’m still writing everyday “specifically about God.”
Two of the questions were not applicable to me because I wasn’t part of a group.
1. In all fairness, I could say I “have been genuinely open” about my process, not in a group, but with my readers.
2. There were no meetings for me to miss, but I have been inconsistent with my tweets at @1bravechristian on Twitter.
I felt uncomfortable answering two questions, especially after I read Teague’s last instruction. Referred to as a “prayer” to God, it was in fact a contract. Neither could I “strike through the phrases” which didn’t apply to me such as:
“I have [surrendered] [drawn closer] to Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord… And before this day is over, I will tell [one person] [two or more persons] of my new commitment.” (Brackets and italics are Teague’s.).
I do not recruit for God.
Rather than follow Teague’s instructions, I’ll practice Christ’s teachings.
And I’ll let my “light so shine!”