The world is a massive distraction that can take us away from what is really important for us to learn on planet Earth. We have our jobs and our families and the media which pull us in different directions and compete for our time and attention.
Constant pressure to meet deadlines, keep the boss happy, stay emotionally connected to family members, pay the bills, obey the IRS and the laws of the land, all contribute to a sense of powerlessness and a feeling of being small in the shadow of government and the immensity of the Universe.
It is this intensity of pressure and obligations that make developing a spiritual life challenging. Who has time to pray? Who even wants to pray? Does prayer even work?
Our lives here on Earth are training classes for our spirits to prepare for a life of eternity with God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy spirit. I know that I do not spend near enough time nurturing my spirit and my relationship with Jesus, because I allow the world to distract me and to convince me that my job, my family or the media are more important than where I spend eternity.
Time flies by faster and faster each year and what do we have to show for it? Maybe we have saved some money for the greedy bankers to hold on to, maybe we are facing bankruptcy and financial ruin. Maybe we have built a beautiful family and they are our most precious accomplishment. Maybe we live in the painful world of divorce and our lives are shattered, but slowly improving. Maybe we are happy and content and our material world feels good. Maybe we are plagued by severe depression and suicidal thoughts beyond our control.
None of it matters if we are not on track to live with God when we die. The devil would love to keep us so distracted with the ways of the world, so he can make sure we spend no time with God and no time developing our daily relationship with Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. The world encourages each of us to be selfish and self-centered. Many of us are spiritually dead because we only think of ourselves and what we can get out of our neighbor. Selfishness and self-centeredness is the definition of spiritual sickness and there is an epidemic raging across the Earth.
The reading for September 26th in the Twenty Four Hours A Day book shows us how an attitude of selfishness and self-centeredness can be changed to a perspective that could help save the world: “Look at the world as your Father’s house. Think of all people you meet as guests in your Father’s house, to be treated with love and consideration. Look at yourself as a servant in your Father’s house, as a servant of all. Think of no work as beneath you. Be ever ready to do all you can for others who need your help. There is gladness in God’s service. There is much satisfaction in serving the highest that you know. Express your love for God in service to all who are living with you in your Father’s house.”
One more short reading from May 29th in the Twenty Four Hours A Day book: “I will try to help others. I will try to not let a day pass without reaching out an arm of love to someone. Each day I will try to do something to lift another human being out of the sea discouragement that surrounds them.”
Helping other people is empowering and liberating. When we reach out and help another person, God’s power is transmitted to the person we are helping and we are strengthened and healed in the process. When we help one person, we may never know how many people are helped by that person. Is it ten more people? A Hundred more people…… one act of love can radiate out to the world and save countless lives. To make a choice not to help other people only hurts ourselves and deprives the person we could have helped, of God’s saving grace. It is our daily choice to become a flowing river of God’s love or a dead swamp. We create our lives. I encourage you to spend more time in prayer and in developing your relationship with Jesus, because life is short. Choose well.
Peace, Love and Blessings to you.