You’re a remarkably spiritual soul. The true meaning of your life is defined by your faith and deep connection with God. As you may know already, this road is not a particularly easy one. It’s full of bumps, mountains, and valleys. But you’ve held on long enough, and there’s nothing stopping you from reaching what you’re called to do!
I have taken a few of those many quizzes you find on the web, those quizzes your friends on Facebook have taken and posted their results, or Twitter pals have sent you a link because they thought you might find the quiz fun, and found them interesting. As someone who had to write surveys in college social work and psychology classes I know that the way they are written helps you, the participate, get the information the survey writer wants, and some insight for you the taker.
This one called “What is your true calling?” had me from the title. It was purported to help you find your spiritual calling, now I know an internet quiz isn’t the way of going about finding your calling, but I am a sucker for these anyway so I took it. I got “Spiritual Hero“. I thought it was an interesting type of calling and I began to wonder two things: A. Did it fit me, B. was it compatible with what I know Spiritual Direction to be?
To find out what this all meant I had to pray for some guidance from the Holy Spirit; something I would recommend to anyone dealing with spiritual/God things. It is always a good idea to put yourself in the positive presence of God because He’s got your back.
Did it fit me? With these tests you have to take them with a grain of salt, they are just for fun, but still there are some insights. For me, what struck me was: The true meaning of your life is defined by your faith and deep connection with God. My earliest remembrance of my relationship with God was as a small child. I would look up at the clouds and imagine God riding them like a great chariot. And as a young school age child I had always had two sandwiches, one for me, one for my guardian angel. I loved going to Mass and always felt at home there, loved there, cared for there. When my dad died, it was my faith that got me through my grief. Faith, especially my Catholic faith, has been a foundation for my life expression. It is a core value. So yes this part of the quiz was true to me, but the questions where written so I would get that response, but doesn’t diminish the insight.
Now, how does it fit my thoughts on Spiritual Direction. Well, the title Spiritual Hero makes me a wee bit uncomfortable. Spiritual Hero is a far too aggressive title for me. I am not a hero. I am just a mom trying hard to live my faith, answer my calling, be me, and I am far from prefect which is how I see heroes, right or wrong. And can I call myself a hero, isn’t that word given to you by others?
But there is something that is part of the quiz that is basic to spiritual direction; that you the director, has been through the peaks and valleys of faith/spirituality, that is what makes a good spiritual director. It makes you a good director because you have been there, survived it, and can point out the pot holes.
And isn’t that what we want, someone who can guide us from falling into the traps, the holes, down blind alleys, dead ends?