We all have a crazy collection of religious ideas that we’ve gathered throughout our life. It’s a crazy collection with ideas from Grandma and Grandpa and Oprah and all kinds of other influential people in our life that we’ve crammed into a spiritual junk drawer that shapes what we believe.
Some of the ideas are just not helpful at all and others are part of biblical historic Christianity. If we rummage through that drawer, one of the most common items you will find is a ruler, one of those old 12 inch rulers that you probably took to middle school. If you pull that out of your spiritual junk drawer it’ll be just like that little ruler that you took to middle school or elementary school; it’s got drawings all over it, you colored on it with marker and pencil.
What that ruler represents in your spiritual junk drawer is this urge that we all have in our spirituality to measure. This urge that we all have to measure where we are in our faith, how far we’ve climbed in our faith and the desire to compare ourselves and measure ourselves against other people in our faith.