Christian spirituality is a way of being in the world, not an escape from it. A life of faith is lived, daily, in the world. It’s not about avoiding real problems or relying on a belief in a rapture that will whisk us away from planet earth. The parables of Jesus, contrary to avoiding real world problems, invite us to live more compassionately and become more fully human.

Christian tradition teaches that Jesus Christ was fully God, but also fully human. If Jesus can be fully human shouldn’t we be fully human? As the Westminster Shorter Catechism states, “The chief end of man is to glory God and enjoy him forever.” Our fundamental purpose is found in our being connected to God, knowing that we are loved for who we are. Our becoming more fully human is not a desperate striving, rather we discover that all of our decisions and actions in the world can flow from this awareness of being loved by God.

**What does it mean to be fully human, or to live into our humanity, rather than ignore it or denigrate it?

**What is the difference between admitting mistakes and failures, and even confessing our sin, and affirming that life is good and being human is a worthy project.

**Consider the possibility that God is inviting you to live your life more abundantly, more fully?