I was talking with a friend recently. We found ourselves thinking about our lives, the paths we chose, the knowledge that we have been graced with the ability and options to make choices and decisions to travel different roads.
We are all gifted with the ability to make choices in our lives. Often, we put a lot of time and thought into decisions that are going to affect not only ourselves but other people. While we have to look at how it will affect others, the truth is we have to discern what is really best for ourselves because God is within. I add caution to say not best for ourselves in a selfish way, rather – in a true honest and loving way. Too often people put their unhappiness on God, but God is such an awesome loving being – all we have is from His abundant love.
Earlier today I read this reading from today’s DO.
Mid-morning reading 1 John 4:16
“We ourselves have known and put our faith in God’s love towards ourselves. God is love and anyone who lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.”
I have read through this a few times today, each time my eyes read this a little differently from the way it is written. What I read is more like this;We know and trust God loves us. He is love. He loves us. We know He knows us intimately, inside and out. Our thoughts, desires and our human needs. Our needs to be truly cared for and truly loved. Our need to have and participate in loving relationships. He created us this way, this is why it is written all throughout the bible that he created pairs of humans and pairs of animals to live and share life with. This is natural, this is His gift to us.
Needs are not to be confused with. . .
Noon reading Galatians 6:7-8
“What a man sows, he reaps. If he sows in the field of self-indulgence he will get a harvest of corruption out of it; if he sows in the field of the Spirit he will get from it a harvest of eternal life.”
. . . Needs are not to be confused with self-indulgence. There are times, particularly within strict religious teachings that teachers will confuse the two and suggest that the true gift of desire that God gifts us with is not a true gift but something self-indulgent. It is not the same at all.
True Godly desire of caring, loving, intimate relationships is pure and both self emptying and filling back up by those we love. Like that power exchange we hear about and that I wrote a bit about in my article on marriage. Our weakness may be found in our love and our strength may be found in the same love – we exchange.
Self-indulgence is when one acts upon a whim with no consideration of others, their needs, it’s not give and take – it becomes “take”.
When we sow our seeds, plant ourselves firmly in Spirit we are reaching God, we walk toward light and goodness with one another. That caring, loving intimate relationship with another will find eternal love with our creator, our Lord.
Afternoon reading (Galatians 6:9-10)
“We must never get tired of doing good, and then we shall get our harvest at the proper time. While we have the chance, we must do good to all, and especially to our brothers in the faith.”
What happens when we live our lives bringing good into the lives of those around us? Good flows back to us. Gods design – not? I am not thrilled with the words “especially to our brothers and sisters in faith” because that doesn’t sound Christlike – it sounds Paulish but after all St. Paul was human so I suppose I have to overlook that. You understand what I mean though – no? We should always work to do good, not matter who it is for, as we are on this earth are all children of God. No one better than the next.
When we look at our lives at the beginning as young people our eyes are big and we are excited and so very sure our lives will play out in a certain way. Our parents will be proud of us and God – our Father will be proud of our choices and decisions. As a mom looking at my sons right now (22 – 28) I realize an innocence they had (as did all of us I suppose). I also realize looking at my 22 year old who is taking on the responsibility of being a dad (etc.) that he is at the very beginning of a journey.
While he thinks he sees all that may lay ahead, I know as an older experienced and wiser person that he is in for a heck of a ride. He has had options thus far and has chosen the path that is right for him right now. A path I hope will work out well and be the correct one for all concerned.
The truth is there are going to be times that he feels like he is traveling that road alone but for God and – he will be. Wet, muddy, fog down the road. Not quite clear on choices.
Among our choices we really do have more than one path that can take. The easiest is usually to remain in the place in which we are most familiar, with very little chance of change to our lives or growth.
Sometimes we may make a choice to change our path, merge with change and others on a different path.
When we consider and embrace we have the choice, to take a chance to make change in our lives it can be a really scary realization. When I left my marriage after twenty years, I made a choice to take a chance to change my life and the lives of those in my life and – I did. What a growth experience this has been!!! I realize now how courageous I really am.
Places He may want you to be.
Discern what you want. Discern what the God you know are or are really beginning to see in a new light may want. They say there is more than one way to skin a cat – and there is more than one way to arrive at the same destination.
When we consider changing our lives, we look at those closest to us, and those whose lives we touch but not in the same intimate way. Remember God created us to be loving human beings with … needs and desires to be with others in caring, loving relationships.
Jesus calls us to be disciples. We can do both within our homes and without and we can very definitely share God, teach, evangelize and most likely reach people in deeper ways when we are able to have true friendships and relationships with them. Let the walls down.
I have Miss Little in my midst. How many ways has my faith touched her life? How many ways will it touch Baby Little? How many people will God reach throughout them over their own lifetimes. It is less about the masses of humans and more about the individuals that we touch and reach in life. Consider the parable of Jesus sending the disciples out into the world. We will reach who He intends us to and how that works in His plan is His knowing.
Always turn to our Father.
Remain open, listen and He will make paths straight. Change can be scary no matter what it is. Staying in the same spot can be scarier.
Jesus Christ did not teach planting seeds and growth for amusement. It is fully the intention of our Father that we grow in faith – and in truly living life. No matter what a choice is He loves us and we are loved by others. Real love allows our loves to be free to make choices, support them – but we can still say, hey – I am here too.
My choice of allowing Miss Little into our lives and hearts is to become a Nona (with not a drop of Italian blood I must admit) in just a matter of a few weeks. I’ll be holding a little tiny baby boy – something I have barely ever honestly considered. Even with all of the shopping and planning and – even making an appointment for the kids to meet with (my sons) Pediatrician in two weeks. A nona. Noni. Hmmm.
What change will your choice bring into your life? The lives of others? So many options, so many doorways to step through. With love, support of others who have walked in your path is there – as is support from a love no matter what.