“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.
The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.” Psalm 46:10-11
Lately, I have become increasingly aware of and distressed by the fast, hectic and chaotic pace of modern life fragments and distorts communication between people. Half spoken sentences shouted to loved ones as we rush out the door, knowing that we have not taken the time to love as we should. We rush, rush, rush blindly into a new day. We decide not to take a “quiet time” of prayer and meditation, because we have too much to get done and we are running late, again. When we allow the world’s demands and expectations to run our lives we are saying no to our own spirits and what we need to do to maintain and build our inner peace and strength. The reality is that if we take fifteen minutes to do our meditation and prayer, we are spiritually stronger and and well protected for the events of the new day. We only hurt ourselves by denying ourselves the spiritual food that prayer and meditation gives us.
So why do we skip prayer and meditation? One common reason is our laziness and failure to manage our time. A more mysterious and insidious reason is that we have swallowed and internalized the lies that corporate America has sold to its employees. Their message is clear and pervasive: You work for us and we own your time, your talent and we control how much money you can make, we tell you when and for how long you take for vacations. Our priorities are now your priorities and our priorities must take precedence over any thing else. If you don’t like it, then we will fire you and find someone else to take your job. You are completely replaceable and you have no value as an individual. You are a function in a well oiled machine and you must perform at the highest level or you are gone. You are a few drops of water in a swiftly moving river of employees that come and go according to our wishes. We might say that we care about your health and your spiritual condition and that we respect what you believe in and value, but that is just window dressing to attract new employees. We care about one thing and one thing only: profits. If you do not make us money, you are gone. We can put a high level of pressure on you because you are easily replaced, even though we tell you how invaluable you are to the organization. We can chew you up and spit you out because we can. We, the corporation, hold all the cards. You see, corporations like to break people down so they can control us. It is all about control. This is why corporate life or working for an organization can be diminishing, humiliating, deflating, depressing– because our spirits are being assaulted. There is no freedom, only bondage.
So the next time you are about to skip your prayer and meditation and rush out into a world that is not your friend, think about what is more important. I believe that our spiritual condition, our health, both physically and mentally, is far more important than obeying the ceaseless demands and pressures of a corporation or other organization that has no soul. Ultimately, our spirits are eternal but corporations come and go and are not even human. It is almost comical to think of the hoops that organizations try to get us to jump through. We are all sons and daughters of almighty God and therefore royalty. There will be no corporations or organizations or businesses or anything but Angels and humans living in Heaven.
For people like myself who are in recovery from chemical dependency and in my case, manic depressive, I owe it to myself to take the time to pray and to meditate. In fact, it is a lifeline to sobriety. Every day I must fill up my spiritual gas tank. I must do this first, before my day starts and I get distracted by this world. If I am to help other addicts or other people, I must put spiritual strength in my gas tank. It takes great energy, compassion, love and focus to help another human being. I want to have this strength and love in my heart. Nothing is more important than helping and loving others. This is my purpose in life. Today, I know that the hell of my 28 years of addiction, one year of homelessness living out on the streets, and my struggles with manic depression enables me to have the love and compassion for others with similar challenges. When I am following my spiritual path, I become a powerful river for Jesus. He flows into me and then He flows out of me and into the hearts of others. Yes, fifteen minutes a day of prayer and meditation can help to prepare all of us to be rivers instead of swamps.
I believe that you will really like my published a book, “Saved By The Prince Of Peace–Dungeon To Sky.” Please visit my website: dungeontosky.com. The purpose of my book is to give hope, encouragement, faith and love to the suffering addict who might think that they cannot recover. My book also helps friends and families of addicts.
Peace, Love and Hope to you!