Dear Students and Friends,
Today is a thinking lesson. Sometimes we need to be told to just stop and “listen”.
I have a dear friend of mine I call her my “angel” for when I woke up from surgery she was sitting over my bedside watching me sleep praying for me. Anyhow, this beautiful dear sweet woman text me a verse from the Bible the other day that she wanted me to reflect on. See my angel and I lived in the same tiny town where we were neighbors and became close friends. I have since moved out of the area but for awhile we thought we’d both would never leave that paradise.
What we both understood but did not think about at that time was easily found in the verse she sent me as she was packing to leave the tiny town the other day as she was also moving on. I know she felt the same feeling I felt leaving that town and I know this move is as hard for her as it was for me the day I left.
She sent me Esphesians 1:11:
In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee[d] of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it,[e] to the praise of his glory.
As you know I am a non-denominational minister and I welcome and I am very open to all religions and belief systems, they interest me and I study them especially the Buddhist beliefs. As anyone that has followed my blog has learned along with me about deities and chakras and meditation with Zen worship.
At the end of the day I am always a Christian and when I practice Jesus is whom my devotions are lifted up to. You are welcome to whatever belief you have.
You see as a Christian I believe our paths are already written for us by our creator and to the true believer we live according to his will. Thus, although we think we are in “control” of our destiny, Ephesians reminds us that we are merely shopkeepers in the mini-mart of life that our creator assigned us. So yes we can make decisions and move around and possibly even direct the outcome of our life’s journey to some extent by our actions or karma but again according to our creators will for us and not of our own desires. So as the passage says when we hope in Glory and hear the word of the spirit and 3rd most important believe in him then we have the guaranteed inheritance.
That my follow followers is the lesson as this should be the the true inheritance that we should seek on earth and the main prize that we focus our energy on.
Money and possessions will do only a few things if that is your main idea of the “great” inheritance. Sure money will buy you some power but one day we all know our power light gets turned off and then what? Maybe if we are lucky enough then we can crawl inside of our lonely possessions and think about what we failed to focus on in life as we take our final breath before we lose it all to death? Boy I hope my angel is there over my side that day. Karma matters.
I have a simple idea how about maybe use this bible passage as a wake up call and start watching over our shop better in life and our concentrated efforts to do the right things towards all of humanity.