Our relationship with God may unfold in a form that we do not recognize. For example, are we prepared to look upon a terminal illness as an opportunity to serve God and humanity, e.g., Mattie Stepanek? Are we prepared to experience one unexpected change after another and realize that carrying these with peace may be our specialized ministry? Are we committed to staying in a job that has the potential to make us miserable, a marriage that has grown stale, or teach in a classroom filled with
Individual guidance from God often
comes in a pattern tailor-made just for us. We are designed to bring our most peaceful
thoughts and responses to the moment in which we find ourselves. We only disrupt this
process when we make judgments about the content and substance of what we are
experiencing. We can circumvent this error in judgment only when we trust God that we are where we
need to be to achieve our mission. This is not predestination in the sense that
ďthis event was ordained by GodĒ but rather a learning design we choose prior to our being born. When every experience is viewed from this perspective, we are better prepared to display
gratitude for being where we are in order to achieve our purpose of evolving while enabling
others to evolve.
We have the inner potential to stand forth with enormous power when in the presence of a personality, who appears stronger, more articulate, brilliant and connected to the power brokers of this world than we are. We can become a
We easily interrupt this energy flow when we open ourselves to personalizing what comes from people or circumstances in our environment. The moment we perceive any experience as a reality that defines us we are being seduced by an illusion. We immediately trade our objectivity for subjectivity as though we have the capacity to understand the meaning of the encounter. We do not. The moment we decide what a particular event means, particularly if we decide to own a negative self-definition, our energy reverses and it flows back on us. The resulting
Do we have the power to stop our evolution? The answer is, ďNo.Ē When it is Godís will that we evolve, the only power we have is to engage in delay. One of our temptations is to want the rewards of having a
Jesus stood among us as one who saves lives by helping people prioritize who they want to be. This process saves them from visiting countless blind alleys, senseless entanglements in social issues, and from the deceptions offered by the material world. For example, nothing about Jesusí life appeared fair or just. He did not resist. He spent the greater part of his life supporting his family. He spent up to three years in a ministry that was awkward at best (no place to lay his head, being betrayed by one of his chosen and having Peter show up in the garden with a sword). After being labeled as a troublesome heretic, falsely accused and condemned to a death that was reserved for those committing capital crimes against Rome, he was crucified. Think! Absolutely nothing made sense while these events were taking place. BUT, Jesus stood forth as a light in darkness allowing his energy to flow away from his center and that has given humanity a new paradigm to examine. He did this willingly, while fully trusting that his relationship with God did not hinge on how fair or just life appeared. He taught us what such a relationship with God looks like. By judging the worthiness of our circumstances, we can easily miss our calling. While delay is always an option, why go there when Jesus modeled everything we need for our evolution to continue?