As human beings, we are obsessed and preoccupied with materialistic things; it’s just unavoidable as it reflects the essence of who we are, sensory beings. It is said that to a boy with a hammer, everything he encounters needs fixing. And so it is with you and me; we exist by digesting the world through our senses, yet once ingested, that input is manipulated, analyzed, processed and output as thoughts, emotions, attitudes, behaviors, and values.
And the irony of it all is that the physical presence each of us creates in the world, is a product or collective result of all that intangible, untouchable, immaterial, yet very real sensory input that our minds (and hearts) filter and shape into what makes each of us so unique in this world; our Spirit.
“Many individuals fail to connect the dots, in that they believe who they are is determined by what they do, rather than the values they hold, the beliefs they form and the future they create. It’s like swimming in a pool and never knowing what you are, much less, what direction you are pointed and where you are going.”
Indeed, Choice breeds Optimism, Confidence, Productivity, Morale, and reduces Anxiety. Choice, or shall I say, Free Will, is a fundamental construct created by God to empower us to rationally decide whether we wish to follow Him.
It’s about the connection, the relationship, the desire, the attitude, the commitment and the future. Faith breeds momentum, in that it reinforces a consistent approach and response to the world around us.
Free Will is as much associated with Decision making as our Creation is to Intelligent Design, or what I like to call, Deliberate Design. Life with a Purpose; a purpose We Choose. What a concept!
Indeed, it would be a cruel joke if God created us in His image, and then somehow, failed to provide us with the things we truly need to live a prosperous life as a Christian. And the truth of the matter is that each of us has what we need (note: not want) to experience an exceedingly rich and joyful life, if we choose to follow Christ‘s teaching; to avoid sin and love others without reservation.
“Perhaps by design to illustrate and test the construct of faith, God included many resources for us to enjoy. Yet, as our free will would have it, we at times, enjoy too much, obsess too much and exclude what matters too much; to the point we lose focus on what is good, what has been provided and what enriches our soul.”
There are numerous tasks each of us must not only perform, but rather, master, if we are to realize our potential as beautiful and uniquely special children of God. Among the critical few are to identify and develop self-awareness, core values, faith, discipline, compassion, respect and humility.
Collectively, these tasks prepare us to love one another, which is the ultimate end-game of our existence. And make no mistake, we have everything we need in this life to reach that goal, to fulfill our destiny.
It is our use of choice that solely determines the path we pursue, and the extent we realize our future. And a wise choice is to use prayer to seek God’s wisdom, grace and guidance to reveal answers that will lead us into eternity.
The enlightened choice is the one we make when it aligns with God’s will, plan and future. And we possess all the worldly resources necessary to meet His expectations. If only we choose to use what we need and avoid what we don’t. Choose wisely.
As I reflect today upon my life (as I do daily), I can’t help but become overwhelmed, to the point of tears, with the amazing journey my life has taken, the multitude of paths I have walked; some pleasant and some otherwise. And the simply astonishing events, dare I say miracles, I have personally witnessed; miracles experienced by myself and upon others in my closest circles.
The collective synergy that these emotions of a lifetime have fused in my mind remains unsurpassed and most notably, unquestionable with regard to the authenticity and incomprehensible Power that I have created by faith.
As I’m sure you will attest, each of us are born with the power to think, analyze and critically, choose what to believe. The free will I speak of is not a result of some biological mutation, physical evolution or chemical reaction. Inexplicable by science, this innate ability to exercise our senses and minds and consequently integrate the data into thoughts, beliefs and memories, can only exist as a result of a deliberate plan or design. Indeed, none of us are here by accident… Not a single one of us.
I’ve seen and experienced awe-inspiring behavior by others, words of sacrifice, events beyond coincidence and yes, seemingly impossible outcomes that have unfolded into reality as naturally as a handful of sand blows into the wind and returns to its individually existing millions of granules of silica in a matter of seconds, transparently assimilating back into the environment from which it came forth. Effortless, magnificent and incredibly profound situations revealed by our sight, sound and mind, created without human intervention or prompting, yet relevantly impacting my life.
My point here is that I believe I am quite qualified to speak of my life in this fashion as you would equally be qualified to speak about yours; the clarity and certainty of the events; especially how, when and why they occurred.
This awareness of reality, at least the reality we are allowed to experience and understand, leads me directly to the conclusion that nothing in our lives occur by coincidence or as a result of some random experiential life generator.
“Each and every moment of our mortal lives occurs by design, within a plan and with specific outcomes for which we are to ponder the significance… and most profoundly, as a direct result of our free will to think, do and act as we choose.”
If one wholly acknowledges and accepts this tremendous, yet simple hypothesis, the resulting, inevitable and extraordinarily liberating Power that is created and realized by faith becomes confounding to our sense of logic as human beings. Oh, but how so real it is.
I can only offer to you how stimulating, inspiring and emotionally charged it is to witness life in this active mindset or frame of reference. My being and aura has always been deeply grounded in an unshakable, solid foundation of faith. And with this liberating sense of free will, most certainly, comes an equal amount of responsibility to exercise it with the utmost caution, integrity, compassion and sense of gratitude. To truly and genuinely experience a full life is akin to holding that “Tiger by the Tail”.
The immense energy we create by our minds, when based in a framework of morality, fairness, goodness and compassion, is indeed noble, significant and eternal. I am free to be me, and so it is my wish for you to experience an equally exhilarating sense of peace, joy and gratitude to be free, as you define it; but choose wisely, my friend. Be well.
- The Meaning of Life – How Much Are We Humanly Capable of Understanding? (robrieke.wordpress.com)
- What’s the Belief of Your Mind? (mindbehindtheface.wordpress.com)
- Daily Message… (truthlovepeace.net)
- Living In The Shadows – No More (cerkas.wordpress.com)
- Life’s SOS – Significance of Suffering (cerkas.wordpress.com)