Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.
When we follow the precepts on living as given by the Designer, we can then live a very good life.
I like how a friend of mine said that we have not been equipped with the tools to live a selfish life. That is why the self-pleasing life can never work. It will never be in harmonious coherence, for we have not been fitted for it. What we have been equipped for is the God-Life. What we have the tools for, what we have been built for, is to live a life lovingly dependent on God.
Since we have been fitted for the With-God Life [Immanuel], we will experience shalom,harmony, coherence, and clarity when we actively seek out and live this way. This life transcends circumstances. That is how Martin Luther King was able to hug his assailant after being pummeled by him. This is how Jesus was able to forgive His enemies and murderers.
Our life runs best on the fuel of Divine dependence, love, and forgiveness.
She came up in the crowd behind him and touched his clothes.
Jesus knew at once, inside himself, that power had gone out of him.
Jesus was (and still is) a conduit for God, for He is, in fact, God.
God and His infinite love flowed freely thru Jesus of Nazareth.
He was at all times connected to His Father. Jesus allowed nothing to inhibit His relationship with YHWH. He was more connected than any other human, and lived a life of power as a result of it.
Are we not also conduits for God because of Jesus?
Can’t the Holy Spirit, who is God, flow freely thru us as we kill all that gets in the way of a perfect, uninhibited connection to God? All the low-value garbage that competes so aggressively for our connection?
Then our very presence can be a healing to others who are hurting and searching for something more than the pathetic, short-lasting pseudo-joy the world offers them. I believe in healing–physical, spiritual, and emotional. We can heal others. But there is a trade-off. We must give up our selfish pursuits in order to become conduits of God’s healing and love. Only as we fill ourselves with God, and therefore, crowd out all that is not Him, will we then become agents of healing. Only then will we start to see people the way God must see them–always with love, always with compassion, always with pity (the good kind, of course!). We will begin each day and encounter with a “yes” instead of a “no.”
Our love will be deeply gracious, always forgiving, and ever hopeful.