July 16, 2013
Enough, ME Newsletter, Vol. 6, Issue 29
It seems, sometimes, close enough is all you need.
As long as you are having your needs met, being fulfilled in some sort of way, and inspired to stay on the right track, it’s all good.
A place you could adjust to living in, a revised exercise program that isn’t optimal but will work ok, a job that at least meets the bills, a church with good, relevant messages; stuff like that.
Everyday life is tough; a series of actions and counteractions, accepting the acceptable, trying to minimally change the unacceptable to into something acceptable or acceptable enough. Creating comfortable vacuums, bubbles in which we can survive and continue to view the world as we have manufactured to our good enough expectations.
Then, at the height of complacent comfort, GOD calls our bluff – rearranging our perfectly placed, exquisitely carved, form-fitted beautiful pieces into a rough-edged, ragged-gaped, air-space weakened puzzle, and the picture isn't quite the same.
So, we find excuses. Someone gave us bad advice. It was someone else’s responsibility. The economy is to blame. It’s a full moon. They fly off the cuff; global warming, racism, religion, war, the devil is messing with me, and worst of all – GOD is punishing me.
GOD never punishes. HE pushes, and we need to learn to differentiate between the two.
Punishing implies we have created an offense for which we must be made to pay in suffering.
Pushing is an impetus; a direction given to us, a direction towards or away.
No matter what befalls you, consider the direction: firm and guiding.
Perhaps, if HIS hand is seems harsh, it has come from ignoring gentle shoulder pats urging us to turn this way or that. Eventually, if we fail to turn, we face a road block. It may look like a gate keeping you from a glorious view. I read recently that tourist deaths in the Grand Canyon are largely attributed to one factor: ignoring warning signs. There’s a reason for holding back, and there is most likely a safe, designated, stunning overlook ahead. For some, it is just around the trail’s bend; for others, one day of 10,000 steps away, and for others, the desert hike is longer.
No matter what befalls, you are not being punished.
You have already been released from sin by suffering that was not your own. That should be enough.
Posted by jaselin at July 16, 2013 07:19 PM