Since moving to New York, I've started going to a wonderfully inspiring church called Hoboken Grace. It's services are engaging, uplifting, and really make you think about life in a different way. As someone who has only attended Catholic and Jesuit masses before, it is exciting to experience how other people connect with their faith.
One thing I love about this church is how real and relatable the sermons are. It doesn't matter what you believe in or the specifics of one tradition over another; it's about growing your own relationship with God and your faith.
For the past few weeks, the speakers have encouraged us all to live a questionable life.
Have you ever been listening to someone speak and for whatever reason what they are saying just hits home? Whether it's a religious service, a commencement address, a public speaker, or even just a good friend - it's really an awe-inspiring moment. The speakers' explanation of why we should strive to live questionable lives did just that for me.
Living a questionable life means making people turn their heads and wonder.
They have to actually think and reflect on why you act the way you do, because it's not what is expected, or easy, or typical. We all know someone like this. The person who goes out of their way to do good for others. The person who is always there to help and never asks for or expects favors in return. The person who forgives endlessly and inspires others to do the same. These people make you think. They live questionable lives simply because they act through love.
Faith has everything and nothing to do with this.
Whatever you believe in, you can find a way to live a questionable life. I've said it before on my blog, and I'll say it a million times more: those who don't behave as expected, challenge those who do.
Act in a way that inspires others to do the same. Think of all of the famous people throughout history that we look up to: Maya Angelou, Nelson Mandela, Scott Harrison - the list goes on and on. Each and every person acted in a way that was so true to themselves and their core that we couldn't help but want to follow in their footsteps. Their lives were directed by love, passion, and wisdom that only comes from knowing there is something bigger than us.
Live a questionable life.
Live a life that makes people think. That makes them question their own lives and purpose. That makes them reevaluate priorities and shift their mindset.
Live a questionable life, and you'll never have to question yourself.