Ninth Consecration

As my ninth consecutive consecration has recently passed, a particular question directs my thoughts.

Who am I?

The thought of our existence is a bit mind-boggling if you dwell on it much at all. Who are we really meant to be? We are creative souls. We soar the highest, are moved most intensely when we are in touch with the realities, creativities of life, of living, and connecting.

The crystal clear depth of a cool, running brook mimicking the stone faces beneath. The shimmer atop the water, like tiny dancing angels, that beckon us to play. Their presence also assures us, that life is not to be clung to too tightly or drag us down.

“Weigh it,” they say, “in Light of the JOY of living.”

Should we be burdened by work, by life, by the heaviness that suffers our souls? Or, in light of our suffering, and the suffering of others, should we shine a little brighter, smile a little more, find a sense of humor to lighten our weary way? Certainly.

We are not made to carry unceasing suffering. We are not made to ignore another’s hurts. That, in itself, burdens our very nature. There are those, so hurting they can’t see beyond the need to hurt others. What a travesty.

To those who feel that lighter tug, act. Don’t let another moment pass (see you smiled). It can be that simple, help someone, give to a cause, meet a need, mentor a soul, befriend the brokenhearted.

Careful it’s contagious and only gets better from here.

 

 

Artwork: acrylic on cardstock, by author/artist

Lead by the Spirit, too

What is our current state? Do we find ourselves combative against many issues. In this challenging era we find ourselves, a combative mood is an understandable position. There is Comfort in standing firm in your values. Do not waver, it is the backbone of moral living. Your family, your country, future generations are dependent on us. We can trust.

Let go of that combative nature and trust. To me, combative is not protective, in this sense it’s simply argumentative, stressful, and weighty. Know your values. The values that strengthen, nurture, inspire, encourage, bring positive growth, stability, security, and more. You’ve likely heard, “Let go and let God.” This statement is not an excuse to be inactive on difficult issues, but to unite, stand firm, and TRUST.

No changes happen immediately. We can foster positive change by being part of a movement, or simply an individual, that stands for good values. Do not be influenced against your basic foundation because most seem negative. You have a choice, a real choice that can make a very real difference. Share your convictions, share why these convictions are so important. It’s not necessarily meant to be argued, it’s a general matter of fact.

When you are moved to encourage others, do. Do not give in to petty arguing, if you’ve spoken your peace, stood your ground, …you’ve planted a seed. A combative nature contributes to evil, that’s not ground we can afford to give. Build your foundation, share your positive values, and watch for the change. All too often we become overwhelmed by negative influences. Take heart, be a motivator for change. Trust.

 

*The artwork is a watercolor painting on Masonite. It is an archived piece from the artist/author. The  image was seen on the blank board at night. The artist could not avoid the haunting image, and so, painted it as it was seen on the board.