Is God Really at the Center?

Dec 27, 2011 | Sufism

As we move in to the New Year, naturally we want to reflect on our successes and failures. As you seek, we invite you to ask yourself this question – “Is God the center pole of my life or is it really the world?”
Jeff Rahim Bronner, UOS Faculty shares, “In my case, I love the world; I care deeply about the world. It’s important to me that I’m successful and I that do well in the world. But essentially, the world is no longer the center of my universe. It was fifteen or twenty years ago before I became a Sufi. But now, as a student of Sufism, I’ve really switched, and hopefully by my intention, God REALLY IS the center of my life! What that looks like to me is that I pray to God and I bow to God. I ask God for guidance, for permission, and for protection. I devote a good 30 to 60 minutes every day in prayer and deepening that alignment with God. When you anchor God as your pole, then I think it’s actually good and appropriate to look to the world for places to serve, ways to give, ways to earn an income, ways to provide for yourself and your family, and hopefully, to find something that you’re passionate about -something stimulating and exciting for you! Only then can you truly enjoy your time when you’re in the world, doing what you do.” ~Jeff Rahim Bronner, UOS Faculty What keeps you from making God the center of your life?