Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Being Free and Fluid...
Some people believe that in order to be free we must be able to do what we want, when we want, and how we want; but how is that free? All that is is following your basest of desires and will. This eventually gets you or those around you into trouble by choosing the wrong path or making decisions that are harmful to others. you may ask how are any of my decisions harmful to others? They may be harmful to myself but if I'm not hurting anyone -how am I harming others?
Well, say on the way home from work you stop at the gas station and are short or rude to someone there, your rudeness can affect others or harm them in a way you would not know. That person could be having the worst day of his or her life and you in your rudeness just added the last straw that broke the proverbial camel's back!
This is why it is so important to not let our moods govern our actions but allow the Will of God to govern us.
The only way we can be truly free is to follow God's Will for us in every decision, every movement we make.
A great way to practice this is to not live a compartmentalized life. In other words, be the same person no matter what or who is around you. Does this mean to be a jerk no matter who's around? Of course not, but if you are a faithful person who wants to follow God's commandments then do it! No matter whose around, or what others think or what they're doing...stay true and free to yourself by being true to God!
Another great way to practice this is to include God in your interior dialogue. Instead of having an interior monologue, have an interior dialogue. This means do not be the only one talking when speaking to the Lord, let Him speak to you...We don't have all the answers and we know this -yet most of us try to manipulate the conversation while praying.
By practicing these little ways of connecting to God throughout the day, we are in essence offering up ourselves to Him through our actions, our thoughts, our prayers, etc. and our whole life becomes a living prayer to God.