Miniphanies® might feel small, but all the little details in life add up to really big things. A couple of good miniphanies®, and you’ll have a change in lifestyle. When you look for Jesus in your everyday life, you might find the goodness of God in an unexpected wildflower, or an encouraging text from a friend, or the bite of your favorite food. You might find the Spirit nudging you to be kind to a stranger, to take your reusable bag into the store, or asking you to pause for a minute and put down your phone so you can give your undivided attention to your loved one or a podcast or just be fully present in the moment. Any of those moments can be a miniphany, and all of them add up.
Throughout history, kings and queens, pastors and leaders, family members, and next-door neighbors have given Christianity a bad reputation. Whether they used their religious authority as an abuse of power or we just met a good person on their worst day, bad examples often take the spotlight in people’s minds.
Spiritual formation is to mindfully and intentionally develop our spiritual lives through surrendering and opening our hearts to meet God as we are; wherever we may be.
This may be through silence and meditation, or through living out our calling, or something completely different. No matter the action or time, it will be in a space where we seek to open up our mind, body, and spirit for raw truth and honesty when meeting with God. Keeping this in mind, spiritual direction/mentorship is walking with someone through their spiritual formation journey and viewing their practices and beliefs for the purpose of respectfully expanding their “God box.”