You know how we often look to numbers and dates as opportunities for us to start over? We often craft words like “new beginnings”, “do overs”, “refresh”, “restart” “renew” etc. Case in point is the new year. Sometimes when the quarter is over or like now, June 1.
Often, at the end of month when you find you have nothing but feelings of sorrow, jealousy, regret, anger, lack, pain, blame, embarrassment, inadequacy, you quickly grasp for something to deal with it. A resolution. A promise. A fast. A prayer. Something to help with all the negative emotions.
Many times our first reaction is how to deal with the emotions. The feelings. The nagging thing in our hearts. However, we have forgotten they are simply expressions of a life we are paying attention to. They are responses to stimuli.
Since we have been placing our hearts and thoughts in a realm that is bound to produce these emotions, we encounter these emotions. We live as dead men living. Zombies. Oddities among the dead and the living. Bothered by things that should not bother dead man because we actively participate.
We forgot that we died. Managed our conduct like we were living.We let a certain seed grow and now affected by thorns cannot deal with it. We try to do a quick weeding. We needed not a quick weeding, we needed removal of the roots.
As the dead, looking to quick cosmetic solutions is absurd. We need to rise. But not rising into a realm we were formerly in; rather into a new realm where we have one life, one light. Where our awareness of the old decreases daily, where it is clear what we are.
A quick grasping of a number might have the right intentions but the wrong results.
We need to behold Christ. We must behold we are the dead. But the dead who are risen, not to our own lives, but a rising of Christ who must live.
May it come to be our reality; the words of Paul : Galatians 2: 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
May we more and more be aware of Him who is our life and thus avoid the sorrows we so readily pierce ourselves with while we pursue what is not of His realm.
Image : Seed Germination:
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