For even if the whole world believed in resurrection, little would change until we began to practice it. We can believe in CPR, but people will remain dead until someone breathes new life into them. And we can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death.”
― Shane Claiborne, The Irresistible
Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical
There are several prophetic voices today that are challenging us to realize that right practice is just as important as right doctrine. I believe that they are correct and that the narrow way is only found at the intersection of action and contemplation.
It's impossible to know beforehand what this new life will look like. For some, like Mr. Claiborne, it means living in the inner city with the least, the last, and the lost. But since it comes as a result of self emptying, it's beyond our imagining. It's the gift that follows surrender and receptivity.
There are little doses of kenosis available to us everyday. But even these are hard to discern and welcome unless we are already dying to self
in an intentional way. As it happens this is the main purpose of most of the spiritual practices.