Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Journey to Abundance

     It has been a long time since I have posted here and for that I do apologize.  The spiritual journey I have experienced has been long, arduous, and at the same time, richly rewarding.  I want to relay here, not what I have done, but what I have learned. 
     God created humans for companionship.  We chose free will and in doing so, many of us walked paths that did not include God in our lives.  In other words, we fell woefully short of our intended purpose.  One can only imagine the magnitude of the sadness God must surely feel because of our shortcomings.
     There is one thing above all else we must remember.  We are god's children and he loves us, as my mother used to say, "warts and all".  God is infinite and unfailing.  He never turns his back on us as we have done to Him.  At any point in our lives, all we have to do is speak to Him and He hears but what He wants is to live within us.  He wants companionship.  He wants love.  So the question becomes, how do we give God what He wants.  There are two main answers to that question.
     What we need from God is forgiveness.  None of us is perfect and all of us have sinned.  Many of us feel unworthy of God's love because of the sins we have committed.  What so many of us don't understand is the expanse of God's love.  There is simply nothing we could ever do that would keep God from forgiving us.  In order to get to that point, we must first forgive any who have wronged us.  That is not always an easy thing to do but it must be done.  How can we expect God to forgive us if we have someone we can not forgive?  Start by simply saying aloud that you do forgive that person you feel did you wrong.  You are not going to believe yourself when you start so say it again.  Some will feel the forgiveness  in their hearts fairly quickly.  Others may have to say it out loud hundreds of times before their heart gets the message.  Don't quit.  Keep saying it to yourself whenever you get the chance and at some point your anger and disappointment will simply cease to exist.  While this path sounds difficult, you may find it even harder to deal with the other aspect of forgiveness.  We must learn to forgive ourselves.  We have all heard people say, "I am my own worst critic".  What we must tell ourselves is if God is willing to forgive us then we must also be willing.  God gave us free will at our request.  Like a good parent He is letting us travel the roads we choose in the hope we find the road that leads to Him.  He has never deserted us or turned His back on us and He hears and sees all we do.  It is said that in order to receive His forgiveness, all we must do is ask.  That is true beyond words and explanation but you won't know it unless you believe it.
      The other answer is love.  We must learn to feel love for every person we see or even think about.  No one is better or worse than we are ourselves and all of us are children of God so in essence we are all brothers and sisters.  That train of thought may make it a little easier to love.  Then you must consider that it is a daunting task indeed.  As humans, it is hard to love the person who just cut you off in traffic.  It's hard to love the murderer sitting on death row but he also is a child of God.  He also has God within him.  Where this gets dicey for some folks is failing to understand that loving someone does not always mean liking that person and we certainly can not always like or love what another person does.  Try just loving the person as a child of God and let everything else go. 
     Work on love and forgiveness.  Keep both things in the forefront of your mind and they will get easier and easier, not as you get used to thinking about them but rather as God gains a stronger and stronger foothold within you.  The fulfillment you will feel in your life will enrich you like never before.  Forgiveness and love are two things you can work on and ask God for and you will receive them.  Of that there is no doubt and once God is strong within you, you will be strong in His love and the abundance you will have in your life will almost be overwhelming.
     I love you.  No matter who you are reading this, know that I love you but much more importantly, know that God loves you.

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