After taking some time off from writing, I’m back on the page with something I did a few years ago under the above title.
What is it like to be a spiritual being having a human experience? From my point of view it couldn’t be better. When Spirit takes over, changes are made to our humanness. As St. Paul says in Romans 12:2 “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This can mean many things to many people. For me it meant a complete mental housecleaning.
The ego is the first to go. It clutters up the thinking process, always trying to be number one. Does being number one really matter? If so, to whom does it matter? The ego of course. Ego being what it is would not understand taking a back seat to an insult. Was the insult really meant to hurt us or was it intended to rid that person of his/her own hurt? A spiritual being would see beyond the actual act and not react in a way that would be harmful to the antagonizer. The spiritual being sees with the heart, feels with the heart, and tries to get to the true heart of matters.
Super sensitivity must be eliminated. It is good to be sensitive when it keeps us aware of our surroundings, the needs of others, and our own fragility when dealing with extraneous forces. However, to be super sensitive can be debilitating, causing us needless hurt when we take uncalled-for remarks too personally and dwell on them until our senses no longer have room for sensibility. The spiritual being allows for hurts and loves anyway.
Judgement is the next to go. This means allowing others to have and speak their own beliefs without jumping in and telling them where they are wrong (in our opinion of course). It means accepting the person not the deed when an unkind act has been committed. The spiritual being recalls the admonition in scripture, “do not judge or you too will be judged”. (Matthew 7:1 NIV)
Next on the list is eliminating bad habits. For me it was giving up swearing, smoking, and among others, procrastination. (I made a New Year resolution on this one but put it off until the next year.) All this is a cleansing procedure which helps to open us to our higher good.
All in all, spiritual beings recognize human weakness and prompt each other to become the best we can be by overcoming.
That’s my take on this spiritual thing. What’s yours?
A few days ago a friend reminded me of a singing group, The Seekers, very popular in the 1960’s and many years following. I spent most of Friday listening, reminiscing, smiling and even doing a few dance steps. And then this one came along and I thought it would be nice to share on a sunny Saturday (or not). How nice to see and hear this group still making beautiful music. Happy Saturday.
There are many people going through different difficulties at this time. Some are known to me, others are known to you, and still others inhabit different parts of this planet.
When we are in the throes of some crisis or other it is so nice to hear someone say the words that will bring us some comfort and peace.
I pray that those of you who need to hear those words will hear a friend or loved one or even that still, small voice say, “I’ve got this.”
Profoundly and powerfully God has created into every human being the potential for inner peace and spirituality. (RHS)
May you experience profound inner peace today. Happy Sunday.
I know a lady whose husband often spoke those words to her, “I love spending time with you.”
It made me think of how God longs to hear those words from us.
Can we bring ourselves to not only say those words to Him and mean them, but also spend some time with Him every day? Happy Sunday.
Isaiah 30:18 New Living Translation (NLT)
Blessings for the Lord’s People
18 So the Lord must wait for you to come to him
so he can show you his love and compassion.
For the Lord is a faithful God.
Blessed are those who wait for his help.
While watching the leaves on my birch tree fluttering gently in the breeze, it came to me how that movement was very noticeable but the source of the movement was not.
Recalling a recent thunderstorm where my veranda chairs took off across the lawn and tree branches were bent almost to the ground I remember thinking that while the strength of the source was visible, the source itself was not.
Years ago I was blown off my feet by gusting winds while keeping my head down against them. I literally sailed through the air like Mary Poppins, and although I felt the force, I did not see it.
The Holy spirit can be compared to the wind responsible for all these happenings. He is at times an unnoticeable movement in our lives, and at other times a strength that can move deeply rooted trees, and still other times, a gale that can cause us to soar through life even when we’ve got our heads down against the winds of change.
Thanks to our assistant Pastor Monica, who, in doing a five week series on the Holy Spirit, has made me more aware of this unseen force. Happy Sunday.
It never ceases to amaze me how God speaks to us when we are open to hearing. I’m reading The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren for the umpteenth time. Although there are a couple of things in the book I can’t come to terms with, for the most part it is a “handbook for life”. The book was given to me in 2003 at a time when my life was so stressed that I just wanted to pack up and move away to the country and become a hermit. My almost daily mantra was, I’ve got to get out of here! That was not a good idea nor a good option but it was how I felt…and then I read this on page 263 of The Purpose Driven Life...
You may be serving in obscurity in some small place, feeling unknown and unappreciated. Listen: God put you where you are for a purpose! He has every hair on your head numbered, and he knows your address. You had better stay put until he chooses to move you. He will let you know if he wants you somewhere else.
Let me tell you, I got that message loud and clear! I never again felt the desire to move and I’m still here fifteen years later.