In the Bible, Romans tells us this: Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord-Romans 12:11. How wonderful it would be to become like a child again! Waking each day with enthusiasm for something new and wonderful. We are all children of God so that enthusiasm and wonder is still within us.
When we wake each day, there is something in our core, our inner spirit, that can be awakened to perceive the wonder of something new in our lives. That zeal for living that is mentioned in Romans, is something we can find in our lives if it has been missing.
When we help others, and if we are of service to those in need, we can find fulfillment and a new kind of zest for living. But when we are spiritually quiet and we find time to center our thoughts, we can explore new ideas and make plans and goals that will energize us. And so it follows that when we are passionate about our lives, and thankful for the opportunities that are before us, that childlike enthusiasm can be found within us.
Sometimes it is hard to be still in this world. Right now, I am preparing for the coming Tropical storm in our area. So the world moves at a faster pace around us. From past experience, I know that many people will ‘panic-buy’ and they will become agitated and at times even downright crabby and rude. It would be nice to just hand out cards that say: Be Still (& Chill) and Know God!
The line we always hear that is easier to say and harder to do is to “Be Still.” That stillness is what we speak of as an inner peace that is not easy to grasp. But when we take the time to listen, it will help us to be still.
In one book from Unity teachings, The Seven Whispers, author Christina Baldwin talks of being still and moving ‘at the pace of guidance.’ We are guided by many things in the course of our busy days. And when life is speeding up, it’s hard to listen and even harder to slow down.
Meditation is one way to begin to move at the pace of guidance. But we should also look for signs during the course of the day, and trust in our own inner voices that will help find the space we need. By focusing on the thought that there is a higher power guiding us, who is the one in the drivers seat, it will help us to pace ourselves and discover the space of guidance that helps and heals.
There is a wonderful movie based on a true story called Awakenings. It stars Robert De Niro as a man who has been in a comatose state and suddenly a new drug helps him to awaken and discover the world around him. Sadly, the drug has side effects and the awakening doesn’t last.
And in the beloved movie that has lasted for about 80 years, The Wizard of Oz, it tells of a young girl who awakens and finds herself in another realm of reality. She discovers that the power she seeks is with her all along, and it was a simple task to bring her back to the home she loved.
Awakening to discover something new and exciting is one of the most joyful parts of our lives. When we see new babies and then grandchildren, or if we find love or have joy for those who have now discovered a long-lasting love, we want to celebrate. The story of the Prodigal Son ends with a joyful celebration for a beloved son who has returned at last. All of these are awakenings in our lives that bring us joy and energy.
We spoke last week of doubts that are there to haunt all of us at times. When we trust in our inner voice to guide us and be still, we can awaken to new discoveries and joy in our lives. We awaken with enthusiasm each day when there is something new and wonderful out there on the horizon. The passage from the Bible in Genesis this week tells it all. Jacob awakens from sleep and realizes the Lord was with him all along, but he did not know it! That is the awakening that brings us our enthusiasms to begin each new day.
Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place-and I did not know it!”- Genesis 28:16
Mantra: I will awake from sleep with enthusiasms and joy to begin the day. Each challenge I can meet with zeal and a renewed focus on what I want out of life. I will be still and know God and the holy spirit that I seek in my life through prayer and meditation and focus. And finally, I will plan for a new awakening to the continued enthusiasm and zest for life that is part of my own awakening.