Rick Warren mentioned a friend called Gary Thomas. He says that Gary wondered that “if God intentionally made us all different, why should everyone be expected to love God in the same way?”
In his book Sacred Pathways, Gary identifies nine ways people worship and draw near to God:
- Naturalists– Are most inspired to love God out-of-doors, in Natural settings.
- Sensates– Love God with their senses and appreciate beautiful worship services that involve their sights, taste, smell and touch, not just their ears.
- Traditionalists– Draw closer to God through rituals, liturgies, symbols and unchanging structures.
- Ascetics -Prefer to love God in solitude and in simplicity.
- Activists – Love God through confronting evil, battling injustice and working to make the world a better place.
- Caregivers– Love God by loving others and meeting their needs.
- Enthusiasts – Love God through celebrations.
- Contemplatives– Love God through adoration.
- Intellectuals- Love God by studying with their mind.
There is no “one -size-fit-all approach to worship and friendship with God. One thing is certain: You don’t bring glory to God by trying to be someone he never intended you to be. God wants you to be yourself.