Saturday, November 29, 2008
What drives us? Makes us tick? Often, I discover that it is fear. We act, decline to act, choose, refuse to choose, etc. because of fear. It is crippling. The fear of failure, rejection, denial. Fear of personal harm, whether emotional or physical--it's all driven by the same factor. Fear immobilizes us; stifles our dreams, hopes, desires and ultimately prevents us from ever entering fully into life, complete and alive. Fear is never a beneficial thing--almost never. A healthy fear of heights and razor blades is advisable; however, the daily fears which haunt us could be done without...I mean, what's the worst that could happen?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
We are creatures of a severe dichotomy. Flesh. Spirit--Opposed. Our two natures are contrasted directly and this truth is daily evident. We live in a paradox. Be in the world, but not of it--good advice, but maddening reality. We are to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh, but which will reign today? Denial of "self" is unnatural, but what is natural and what is "self" really? Which is the "real" us--flesh or spirit? They cannot be divorced. What then?
Monday, November 17, 2008
It is an amazing paradox, the heart. From it issues forth beauty and love, contentment and happiness, but equally so it has the power to spew forth hatred and malice, anger and covetousness. Humanity encapsulates a beautiful contradiction. How are we to reconcile such phrases as, "the heart is deceitful above all things, who can know it?" and "guard your heart with all diligence, for out of it flow the issues of life." It is both beautiful and repulsive, capable of the most intimate, self-sacrificing love, and conversely able to experience the most vehement hatred imaginable. We are indeed a contradiction in terms...