Thomas R. Kelly on submitting to God’s holy guidance

I have just finished reading from a wonderful book called: “A Testament of Devotion” by Thomas Kelly. As an intellect who holds a doctorate in religious philosophy, he recognized his need to listen to the divine Center. He sought out how to live a simple inner spiritual and physical life and the simplicity of devotion toward God. May this quote by Kelly be a blessing. In the 5th and final chapter, Kelly writes:

“Life is meant to be lived from a Center, a divine Center. Each of us can live such a life of amazing power and peace and serenity, of integration and confidence and simplified multiplicity, on one condition—that is, if we really want to. There is a divine Abyss within us all, a holy Infinite Center, a Heart, a Life who speaks in us and through us to the world. We have all heard this holy Whisper at times. At times we have followed the Whisper, and amazing equilibrium of life, amazing effectiveness of living set in. But too many of us have heeded the Voice only at times. Only at times have we submitted to His holy guidance. We have not counted this Holy Thing (who is God) within us to be the most precious thing in the world. We have not surrendered all else, to attend to it alone.” (Kelly, 93).

He continues several pages after saying:

“We calculated that that task had to be done, and we saw no one ready to undertake it. We calculated the need, and then calculated our time, and decided maybe we could squeeze it in somewhere. But the decision was a heady decision, not made within the sanctuary of the soul. When we say Yes or No to calls for service on the basis of heady decisions, we have to give reasons, to ourselves and to others. But when we say Yes or No to calls on the basis of inner guidance and whispered promptings of encouragement from the Center of our life, or on the basis of a lack of any inward “rising” of that Life to encourage us in the call, we have no reason to give, except one—the will of God as we discern it. Then we have begun to live in guidance.” (Kelly, 99).

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Author: Kevin S.

A follower of Jesus, a husband and a father. Hobbies include biking, keeping fish if they don't die on me, blogging when I can, theologizing and ministry, and pondering about world affairs.

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