Finding Zen Reality

Finding Zen reality?! What?! Are you serious right now?! 

I thought you were a Christian!  I thought I could trust your counsel!  I thought…but…

Yes, I am.  And, yes, you can.  Many sincere committed Christians could clearly be “put off” by my title.  But, if you’ll read on, I believe you’ll discover a valid and important point for those who are equally sincere and committed to communicate authentic “Christianity” to others who are not Christian in their beliefs.

(I put “Christianity” in quotes because I like making a distinction between living faith in the person of Christ and a religious system that is not necessarily a true reflection of Jesus)

Now to Zen.  I’ve discovered that most people I hear use the term are expressing it as a slang and not the true core meaning.  In my experience, most people I’ve been around that use Zen as an adjective mean “peaceful/uncluttered” and other similar meanings.

I’m also sorry to say that many committed Christians that I know hear someone use the word Zen in a comment and immediately put up a defensive or dismissive wall in their minds.

I believe an inner (and outwardly) argumentative or dismissive response is not helpful to the cause of communication of the most wonderful message God has for the world.  Instead of assuming a defensive mental posture, I believe it is much better to take the time to understand on a heart level what the person means.  I have discovered so many times that “they” have a heart thirst for the same things that I do.

So what I really mean by my title, “Finding Zen Reality,” is the pursuit of discovering the realities of other people’s hearts.  That, of course, takes time motivated by love.

It also may require eliminating some of the busy-ness from our lives in order to make time to listen.  As Heidi Baker says, “making time for the one.”  Expressing God’s love one face at a time.

My challenge for myself in 2013 (and for any that will consider it with me) is this motivational motto:

Let’s look for the ways that make us similar (in heart and desire) rather than hearing “differences” with a defensive, dismissive attitude.

I do believe that one needs to have a centered collection of beliefs that is a foundation for their lives.  And, yes, I am very much a committed Christ Follower.  Jesus is my ultimate connection to my Heavenly Father.  But, I also (and as part of my core values) believe it’s truly Christian to listen to what others hearts are saying and meaning.

In my humble opinion, it’s only then that I (and we) can build upon a platform of respect and truly communicate the Good News of the Gospel.

I’d love to hear your feedback.  That’s how we learn, together.


  • DelusionDispeller

    Gary, I really liked this post!  In my phone counseling that I have been doing, there are some people who are not followers of Christ, are agnostic, new age, etc, and the way I have been able to help them, has been exactly what you said here…focusing on the things we have in common, beliefs about life that are similar, listening to what they share with an open, understanding mind.  It makes a huge difference even in the way these individuals view our walk with the Lord.  thank you.  ~LB

    • Gary

       I appreciate that.  Thanks, Laura!

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  • steve



    The apostle Peter preach the first gospel sermon on the Day of Pentecost 33A.D.. Did the three thousand converts shut up their ears until they knew how much Peter cared?

    Peter preached Jesus as a miracle worker. (Acts 2:22)
    Peter preached Jesus crucified and put to death. (Acts 2:23)
    Peter preached Jesus resurrected from the grave. (Acts 2:24)
    Peter preached Jesus ascended into heaven. (Acts 2:33-34)

    Peter told the three thousand that they had crucified Jesus. (Acts 2:36) Is that when the three thousand understood how much Peter cared and started to believe his preaching?

    What was their reaction? (Acts 2:37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles. “Men and brethren, what shall we Do?)(NKJV) Were they cut to the heart because they realized how much Peter cared or were they cut to the heart because the apostle Peter was preaching the gospel truth?

    What was Peter’s answer? (Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus for there mission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.) (NKJV)

    Peter preached the complete gospel on the Day of Pentecost. FAITH John 3:16 CONFESSION Romans 10:9 REPENTANCE AND WATER BAPTISM Acts 2:38.

    Simply showing how much you care is not TANMOUNT TO PREACHING THE GOSPEL TRUTH.

    Men who preach men are saved if they sincerely believe a lie are showing they care, but they are not preaching a gospel that saves.

    Men who preach you can have your sins forgiven without being baptized in water, care, however, that preaching cannot save anyone.

    Men who preach salvation apart from believing in Jesus, care, but that preaching cannot save anyone.


    • gle1244

      Steve, nothing in my article even intimates that showing how much you care is tantamount to preaching the Gospel. It’s a pity that you immediately jumped to the negative. Fortunately God is the reader of my heart and not you.