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.
The world which surrounds us as a mother bear protecting her cubs, has cyclical and seemingly, eternal patterns of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; all revolving around life and death.
And so it is with each of us. As we grow, learn and experience our environment, including other people, we amass an intellectual, emotional and psychological inventory of memories that together, form our core values, help us set goals and create and manage our expectations of ourselves and the world in which we are immersed.
In testimony to this truth, many of us annually set New Year Resolutions that serve to guide and mold our behaviors throughout the coming year. More than resolutions, they in fact, more closely resemble expectations of the future; expectations of Our future.
As healthy as it is to set and strive to achieve these earthly and mortal expectations, it is likewise, foolhardy to ignore other forces that similarly impact and influence our life on the Rock.
My beliefs include the existence of God, Angels and the Divine nature of coincidence. To be sure, every “Corrective Action” we experience masquerades as a stumble in life. Every chance interaction we encounter with another person serves some fundamental purpose for learning, about ourselves.
Many times, we fail to understand or comprehend the meaning of the encounter until at some point later in our life; when we are finally able to “connect the dots”.
“In perfect alignment with the season of Passover, each of us must resurrect our expectations of ourselves, our behavior, and specifically, our future. Like the Earth, we must revisit our presence in this world, our purpose as spiritual children of God and commit to taking the appropriate actions that will enable and empower us to reach toward the stars in an attempt to align our behavior with our inner spirit, toward the realization of our potential as human beings.”
Most importantly, this focus and disciplined effort does not and will not go unrewarded. To the contrary, any time we search within ourselves for answers in life, we grow, learn, attain wisdom and spiritually mature. In essence, we travel to a dimensional point in our consciousness which is closer to what we are to become, than to what we presently are.
Being is much more difficult than one might perceive at first glance. It requires patience, intent, humility, sacrifice and pureness of heart. Critically, it requires love and forgiveness.
And it yields so much more than that. Always know that the Answers Lie Within yourself; if only we make the effort to seek them out, and equally recognize our role in this world along with the presence of the Supreme Being. Be well.