Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Beyond the Boxes that Define Us

by M. J. Joachim

I often think of living daily life as being spiritual. Doing the little things takes time, effort and patience. Doing them right often means we must be patient with others, many who lack patience with us.

Trust is a big one. Learning to trust our hearts to lead us in the right direction. Listening to that small still voice guiding us every step of the way. None of us are perfect. Very few of us think perfection is even attainable in this life…hardly a reason to quit trying or doing our best to be who we were meant to be.

Society is full of boxes. None the wiser, just different parameters providing different perspectives on how to live this thing called life. Somehow, we’re all supposed to find the box that best fits us and put ourselves in it to be happy.

I don’t suppose true spirituality works that way. It would take too much away from loving God if it did. God never put us in a box. He never said, “You were born a slave, therefore you’ll always be hindered by your master, even if he sets you free.” He never said, “Your past will bind you to a life of depression and a constant battle to learn to love yourself, because you need to answer for who everyone else thinks you are.” He never said, “Money is the answer. If you make more than you know what to do with, you’ll be happy by hoarding it and being powerful enough to decide who gets any of it, if and when you decide to share it.” God never said we should live for ourselves, forgetting the other guy, fitting into the box of a status in society, according to what we bring to the table.

No, God simply loved us into being. He loves us while we live, and He will love us when we die. Living life is as spiritual as we choose to make it, all boxes set aside, loving our neighbors as ourselves and knowing we are loved now and through eternity, regardless of how any box fits our souls.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,

M. J.

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