Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Some of the best wisdom lessons I have learned, and remembered, is after I think that I know it all, or know enough. The "know enough" is really about a lot of control. I read and therefore I learn. My efforts gain me wisdom. I pray and get "more spiritual." I do good works, be helpful, of service, and my world gets better. I feel better. It is all about, "I do, I get." It is very good and beneficial, but it is not all, not by a long shot. Maybe we take a few things for granted, based upon our efforts, or cut back on our efforts, or just enjoy the good feelings. Then it happens. An event takes place, a loss, a betrayal, a relationship or job gone bad, and I realize I don't have all that much control given my efforts. What to do? Surrender to the spiritual entity that had seemed kind of predictable. Most of us never get this far. I struggle with it on a daily basis. I will never know enough, or pray enough or do enough good deeds to control my world and avoid all unpleasantness. Of course, it will be a better world than when I did few to none of these positive things. But it will no longer give me perfect security, power, control, or esteem, as I thought it would. The learning curve goes up steeply, when I realize that over some things, I am powerless, and my spiritual control programs will not change that. But a new spiritual depth will be discovered. God is at work.