Big Talbot Island FL
“Self is the only prison that can bind the soul.” - Henry Van Dyke
“You have the answer. Just get quiet enough to hear it.” - Pat Obuchowski
Say I own a retail store for many years and have worked at it so long and so hard that in many ways the business has become “me.” I have supported my family in a fashion with this business, but over time I have built up an inventory of items that were not popular and did not sell. I develop a dim view of the business – such a dim view that I stress constantly about the huge backlog of undesirable items I am carrying. Out of concern for my family most times I don’t talk the business at all with them; I withdraw from our mutual activities and become morose in general. Other times my bottled up fears and regrets for bad purchasing decisions gets to big that I blow up in anger over unrelated and seemingly trivial things. This goes on until I am in so much misery that I am seeking prescriptions to try to cope with my bottled up anxieties.
Now say that someone comes along and sees potential in the store and offers a very good price subject to me staying on to manage it. They guarantee me a good salary regardless of if the store does well or not. No sooner do I take the offer than all kinds of things in my life change. I no longer avoid the issue of all of the undesirable items I have built up – they immediately get inventoried and gotten rid of without remorse. When potential problems arise I simply ask the new owner what they would like me to do about them. I am back stronger than ever in my commitment to my family, community and friends, fully engaged in and enjoying life.
What changed? I am essentially doing the same things. What changed was my attitudes, the way I viewed my life in general. And this is to me precisely what happens those days I enlist God as my employer. I have a new attitude and outlook on life. I do not regret past bad decisions, I atone for what I can and move on. I am no longer consumed with this notion of “winning” or “losing,” I am freed up to take things as they come in a realistic perspective. Everyone around me benefits as I am again interested in them and how I can be useful in their life rather than the business of juggling the negativities roaming about my brain. I have given up myself- and received the entire world as compensation.
Today, may I surrender my will.
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