I think too often we live our lives looking for logical, or rational, explanations for things and we miss a great deal. We become so consumed with trying to parse life and life’s many aspects that we actually forget to see the larger picture and live a full and abundant life. We dwell on the small things, perhaps those things that hurt us, and those negative thoughts become the dominant direction and focus of our thinking. When we do this we fail to see the larger picture of God’s grace and possibility. We run the risk of missing a great deal of God’s truth being revealed to us and in so doing we live our lives on a very surface level with an “I can and need to do it all on my own” attitude.
I love watching little children play. They start out moving from one thing to another with seeming grace and joy. Later they begin to say to us “I do that” and they want to tie their own shoes, dress or feed themselves. This is good because they learn to take care of themselves and learn the value of accomplishment. As we grow older our attitude of doing everything ourselves can carry over into our spiritual lives. We fail to remember that we have God on our side, we fail to remember that Spirit is available to help us and in reality it is Spirit that is doing the heavy lifting for us at this and every moment. It is because of Spirit’s presence that we can endure.
We have within us an amazing device called intuition. It is that still small voice, that “gut feeling” if you will, that often speaks to us with clear and direct messages of what we should do and what decisions are best for us to make.
As we travel the road for this thing that is our life we must always remember that Jesus is with us to map out our route. (Remember the old days when you would go on a trip, get a Trip Tic from the Auto Club and go with the assurance that your travel would be in good order?) Our route may sometimes be on roads that are clear, straight, level and with beautiful scenery, but should we wander off course and find that our travel has hit bumpy roads, with scary sites all around us and hills that are difficult to climb, we can know that Jesus is still with us. We are God’s beloved child, brothers and sisters with the Christ, and we can re-direct our course by trusting in the Divine Presence to pull us through. Though we may think it is through our own efforts that we are navigating those bumpy roads and getting up those hills, it is indeed the Christ who is helping us to get from where we are to where we desire to be.
All roads lead to Spirit. We just have to be willing to make the journey.
Affirmation: “I gladly journey forth with the Christ knowing I am safe, secure and blessed at this and every moment.”
Rev. Jefferson Beeker
We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.
Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.
Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer. As always, we will share communion together. Everyone is welcome. We are an open and affirming congregation.
First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604. http://www.fccnh.org
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