Living water, or life-giving water is infinitely attractive. Witness the recent proliferation of bottled water that has become big business in America. Only a couple decades ago, people were content to drink water directly from the tap, but since that time, America has undergone a water revolution of sorts. Continue reading Living Water or Cisterns
These days I share the lament of the river god in “Prince Caspian,” one of the books in the Chronicles of Narnia. Continue reading Loosening – Letting Go of Hindrances to Life
I promised several weeks ago, to give you some practical ways to get yourself out of “mere existence” mode and into living. I feel a little strange offering how-tos on something that is largely a product of Divine-human interaction. That’s why last week’s post became Continue reading Living – not Just Existing
In a recent post I talked about how important it is for me to choose to Live this life I’ve been given, not just to exist. Foundational to the ability to Live is our ability to connect. Life Continue reading Prime Your Ability to Connect – 6 Ways to be Human
Jonah is pitching a fit over the withering of his shade-vine when God speaks. Continue reading Jonah – The Petulant Prophet
(Based on information from Shalom Path: Journey of the Heart)
TMI? I hope not. It was a major “aha!” moment for me the day I discovered that my emotions were not Me. This fact marks a narrow – but extremely deep – distinction. We have emotions, and the way we feel them and express our feelings may be uniquely ours, but they are not us.
If your response to the above is “Duh!”, then you obviously have a very healthy self image and need not read on, unless you’re just curious. Now, for the two of you who are still here, we can go on.
The distinction is, as I said, very subtle, but the difference in how we respond to our emotions is enormous. In what follows, I’m zeroing in on what we tend to view as negative emotions. We seem to have no problem embrace feelings of happiness, contentment, and confidence; it’s the disdain, the fear, anger, and pride that we prefer to ignore.
As you can see, I firmly believe the latter is true. While we can’t help the fact that a certain smell reminds us of how much we miss our mothers, we can wisely love both our mothers and ourselves by choosing to respect the feeling enough to experience it, and then choose how we will respond to it, in a way that honors Life.
Now we have come full circle, back to the idea of Choice that we were discussing in the last post. Yes, it’s easier to just coast along, ignoring our feelings and letting them wreak havoc on our lives and our relationships. But to fully Live, the only viable option is to willingly choose to embrace our “response ability” to shepherd this aspect of our selves.
Choice is a matter of responsibility: the ability to respond. While just hearing the word may drop a heavy weight on your shoulders, that was not its original purpose. The ability to choose our responses to what life throws at us is a glorious part of being human. Hey, we don’t have to just stand and take it; we can mount our own offensive and take Life itself for a ride!
Of course, we can always opt for the default mode, responding automatically to our moods, without taking the effort of thought. This certainly is the easiest and it appears to be the safest way to live, ahem, exist. If our emotions are a steadily flowing river, we can just continue to float downstream, going wherever the current may take us, or we can choose to live intentionally: we can choose to pull up to the side of the stream and explore beyond its banks.
The choice I’m advocating for is the latter. I have chosen to respond to the truth that my emotions are part of this gift of one single precious shot at Living. I’m the only one who can live it, so why not live it to the fullest? Yes, it takes more effort to live this way, but already my exertion has been repaid royally in greater purpose (i.e., I have a reason to get out of bed), greater confidence in the path I have chosen for myself, and “green hope” (as the Message puts it) for the future.
I’m able to smile at the future, even though I have no idea what it’ll bring!
We’ll talk about practical how-tos: ways we can embrace Life. I’d love to hear what you’ve done to get yourself out of “mere existence” mode; If I like your ideas, I may even include them in the next blog 🙂
I choose every day between two basic mindsets.
I choose between Continue reading Choose Today – To Live or Merely Exist
You know that feeling when you’re suddenly aware that you are in a place that is both safe and right and that you “belong” here? That’s the embrace part.
The forever part is how you feel when you sink down into the reality that this embrace can never be taken away from you!
No matter what happens, regardless of what life throws at you, you have One Good Thing that can never be taken away. That is what I mean by “forever-embrace.”
Forever-Embrace is a poem – in reality the lyrics of a song – that reflects on both my personal experiences and my prayer for a country that is on my heart.
Only you can bring joy in the morning, Continue reading The Forever-Embrace
Have you ever felt invisible? You’re in the room but nobody appears to notice you’re there? Their gaze Continue reading Invisibility