The most spiritual thing you will ever do is hidden in plain sight.
Watkins Books lists The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2019 and they ascribe to dozens of spiritual practices from mindfulness to the music of the Zodiac wheel.
But what is the most spiritual thing you will ever do?
Live the serenity prayer?
Be in the now?
Read Marianne Williamson?
Give up religion?
Vote Conservative? Or Republican?
Mostly good but only warm so far.
What About These?
Post Bible verses on Facebook?
Memorize Bethel song lyrics?
Speak in tongues?
Give all I possess to the poor?
Don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t chew and don’t go with girls who do?
Read Richard Rohr?
One Of These?
Volunteer at a food bank? At an inner city mission?
Become a missionary?
OK, it must be love.
So what it is it?
The most spiritual thing you do is simply divine.
Divinity likes simplicity.
The Creator brought the universe into existence with a few well-chosen words.
And that’s the most spiritual thing you will ever do.
And now I hope you’ll choose to forgive me for taking you on this journey.
Of course you say. All of the preceding is choices. It’s obvious now.
But the obvious often eludes us. Or is ignored. Or worse still, is denied.
You have a free will.
That means you can make choices.
The power to change is the power of choice.
You are free to choose.
“Oh, but you don’t understand. I have no choice. You don’t know what I’m facing. My circumstances are beyond my control.”
Oh, but I do understand.
And you do have a choice.
You have a choice in every circumstance of your life.
Free To Choose
You are free to choose. You are not free not to choose.
For instance, you can choose joy. It’s a choice called rejoice.
You can choose love, its called forgiveness.
You have complete control over two things:
- Your attitude.
- Your effort.
Freedom and Choice
Dr. Viktor Frankl made the effort to find meaning in his suffering and survived Nazi oppression in Theresienstadt, Auschwitz, Kaufering and Türkheim. The Jewish Austrian neurologist and psychologist observed, “The last of the human freedoms: to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. Between stimulus and response is the freedom to choose.”
Perception and Choice
The choice you make in interpreting and understanding the world directly affects your beliefs and the way you live your life.
Perception is reality. Perception creates fear as much as it creates curiosity.
Out of Jewish history you see the choice that doomed the nation of Israel to forty years of wilderness wanderings. Twelve out of twelve spies saw enormous potential but ten of those spies perceived threat rather than opportunity.
Destiny and Choice
Choices determine destiny.
Joshua, one the greatest leaders in history, made it very simple for his nation.
“Choose you this day whom you will serve.” Joshua 24:15 (English Standard Version)
Joshua was on to something.
You have one choice in life.
Here it is – Who will be your god? Who will you serve?
You control the choice to surrender control.
Mastered by God, I am the master of my circumstances. Mastered by anything else I am the slave of my circumstances.
I Have Decided
In the upside-down kingdom of Jesus humility lifts you up.
I choose humility.
“Jesus, I surrender to you control of my need to be right, my self-sufficiency, my striving to get ahead, my judgmental attitude, my inferiority and insecurity. I accept your control over my musings, attitudes and anxious thoughts. My cares I cast on you. I receive your peace to guard my heart and mind.”
I refuse the temptation to be cynical. Cynicism is the tool of a lazy thinker.
I refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God.
I refuse to see any problem as less than an opportunity to see God.
I have decided to follow Jesus.
When God masters you, you can be out of control and loving it.
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