Conversing with Mr. P about our will versus God’s will. We were thinking about how we force things through our wanting. We want so many different things in our lives. we want a good job, we want happiness, we want a nice house and car, we want babies… and the list goes on. Is everything we want in accordance with what God wants for us? How can we know if our desires are what God has for us?
I feel that sometimes we want something so bad we stand in the way of what God has for us. He has this great thing waiting for us but we go the other way and then we end up missing out on that blessing.
Talking about this with Mr. P reminded me of Jesus prayer in John 17 .
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
25 O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
This whole passage is definitely worth reading. The verses I’ve selected here in particular have always impacted my soul. Jesus is praying for us to be ONE with God as He is one with God.
Is our way allowing for God’s way to be manifest in our life? Are we living in a way that we can be one with God as Jesus is? Surrendering our will to God is the way to be one with Him.
24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
What Mr. P has to say about this:
Too Clingy to Surrender and Submit
What do you need? What do we need? Oxygen? Water? Food ? Family ? Friends? Happiness ? Love? Sunshine? Interests? Some like to believe we need nothing. Maybe better to think we should want nothing. Wanting is a major cause of suffering. So how should we live our lives, wanting nothing? Yes and receiving everything.
A focused mind has only one path, in or out, mostly, sometimes in and out. Should the mind be not focused? Sure there is a place for purposeful action by the mind. But not a constant focus, for this tires and stresses the mind. Just like we need sleep and excercise, we need to release the mind of constant purposeful one pathed focus.
Why, you ask? To develop and sense wholeness. Can a focused mind relax? Can a tense muscle heal? The point here is to release the mind of its own grip. In doing so correctly, the mind awakens to a new reality and, through meditation, a relaxed and accepting way of being. This further leads to an understanding of surrender. How different are acceptance and surrender? Even submission. Do we need to submit? No!
Indeed we must. We must submit to those things that we need most. When we realize we must submit to the things we need most, we discover our mortality as well as our humility. To need nothing is the ultimate in arrogance. To accept and submit that we need for our own survival is humility. This is a wave of constant acceptance and humility, or of constant arrogance, separation, and conceit. Where does this impulse come from? And where is it going? What is at stake for our well being? Is humility a necessity for life?
Might it be like the wind that we neither know from whence it came or where it goeth? Yes it mighteth! Do we need this? Do we live by this? Do we honor this? What is this that goeth and cometh? This is the spirit young one. What do we do once we recognize that we live by it and through it? What do we do when we realize we need water to live? Do we deny it and abandon it? Do we let our egos get in the way and contrive reasons why it does not exist or we do not need it? Do we hoard it? Do we force it on other people? Do we use it to achieve our goals? Do we sell it on TV? Do we write books? Do we make it our own? What to do with this that we have found? What shall we call it? Shall we make others revere it? or hate it? or be indifferent to it?
How do we treat something that we need? Do we love it? How do we treat something that we love? The ultimate question. To each his own? Whatever we decide or do not decide we are moved to act in one way or another. We always are in the function of choice. No I am not ! I dont have to choose anything!!
Do we know the answer here? Yes, you have already chosen by not choosing. Some would say we should cling to this like we know we need it in all ways and for all things. Some might say we should honor it by going where it leads us. Some would say we should love others as we are loved. Some might say we should submit our every thought and action for its greatest cause. But can we know its greatest cause? Do we need to see the finish line when we make the first step? Is there a finish line? Some would say all things that have a beginning have an end. Some would say there never was a beginning and there shall never be an end. Some would care not to think about what they think, but just to think it.
All in all when we stay hydrated we live life better. Stay hydrated young souls and feed off of the love that is given. The bread, the water, the wine. And as freely as thou has been given freely thus give. Submit yourselves to that which thou needest, and surrender thine heart that thou might be glorified with Almighty Glory Everlasting.