Sunday, September 16, 2007

A spiritual connection

to my faithful readers, if I happen to have any faithful readers, I will warn you this week is my pondering of spirituality and social work.

This week I have enjoyed making connections between gospel principles and what I am learning in social work. In my classes we talk a lot about strength based practices. This means you focus on a person’s strengths to help them with whatever issue they are facing. I realized that this practice is like what Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do for us. They love us unconditionally but not for who we are, but for who we can become. In the same sense they focus on our strengths and potential. Our strengths because they know that will help us reach our potential

This was poignant today because in church we talked about charity. I had the thought that strength based practice is a form of charity, looking for others strengths and potential, no matter what might be going on in their life. Since charity is the pure love of Christ, when we show Christ-like love, i.e. strength based love, we have charity.

1 comment:

Kirsten said...

I check your blog every day for updates (I have a list of blogs that I monitor on a daily basis, and your blog has made that list, but mostly because you are my sister and family members make the list be default). So what I am saying is that you should blog every day and include pictures, but don't blog everyday if you posts are going to require deep spiritual thinking or an evaluation of my own sin filled lifestyle. Religion is really something that should only be spoken about on Sundays. Wait did you post this on Sunday, because if you did I can't complain.