On Where Life Takes You
I have been thinking much about the places life will take you. It turns out that Dr. Seuss, in all of his wisdom was correct in proclaiming, “Oh, the places you will go!” I have recently found myself in this position and with a renewed vigor for life I did not even posses days ago. Why all these sudden changes? Why the shift? Well, there are a few reason…
God is ALWAYS speaking
For a long time, I confused my silence with God’s. It took me a long time to realize that even in seasons where I was not actively praying and talking with Him, he was still talking to me, in all sorts of ways. There is a line at the end of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple that Shug says, “I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it.” I do not think God is near as anal as many people make Him out to be, but I often think a lot more people need to notice the color purple in a field. There are different ways in which God speaks to us, and I have found many times, he uses simple things to speak to me. I like what it says in 1 Corinthians 1:27 (my abbrev. version) “He uses foolish things to confound the wise.” Like the principle of Occam’s Razor, simple things being the best/right. He is always speaking, the question is are we listening?
The Lie of Lie of the American Dream
No, that is not a typo. I meant for that statement to read that way. In the ever cynical world that we live in today, people are starting to say that the American dream is a lie. Now, I am an idealist. (Myer-Briggs/Jung Personality type:INFP (Idealist Healer). I do not get blinded by my idealism. I can see what the realist see, however, I choose to see and believe in things far beyond the limited realist perspective. Much like gas prices are based on futures, so are my beliefs and ideals, and I see a bright future. There is this lie, and as I was recently reminded, one I spent a lot of time believing myself, that I cannot do what I want to do, or that the opportunity is just not there, etc… The reality is, the future is there for everyone’s taking. Anyone, and I mean anyone, can be successful within there cognitive/developmental limits. I have heard many times that the American dream is dead, and I also believed this lie too. I was wrong, and I willingly and publicly admit it. Depressions/Recessions don’t last forever, and it’s always darkest right before daylight.
Life is a Journey meant to be enjoyed
Now, not to get down on Christians, or to exclude the non-Christians reading this post, but I have met some of the most unhappy people on earth who claim to be the sons and daughters of God. Yes, this life is just a vapor, yes, we are just passing through, but this is not an experience that is supposed to torture us until we make it to the land of eternal joy. Jesus said, “I’ve come to give you life, and give you life more abundantly.” I have been thinking about this much lately. Yes, this is the same guy who said deny yourself, and take up your cross. That is our burden in life. We all have one. But remember, His burden is easy and His yoke is light. There will be trials, and sufferings and burdens, and this life will not be lived for ourselves, but that is the greatest thing for me. I am most happy in life when I am giving my life away to the service of others. That is what I was put here for, and so where you. So, I don’t care who you are and what you believe, but if you want your life to be better, start serving others. That is a HUGE step to happiness.
The Future Is Now
That is my new life slogan. (I will include my new life phrase at the end). Everyone wants to live their life in such a way to have a better future, but what many fail to realize is the future is now. If you don’t have that mentality, the future never comes and nothing is ever accomplished. Most life goals and things people will work for, certainly what I hope to do, don’t happen in a single day. It is a process, and so it is one that each person must work on each day. With that I leave you will my new life phrase in the words of Mr. J.R.R. Tolkien himself:
“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renenwed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”