Political candidates commit long before they fully appreciate the commitment they have committed to. Individuals take on new jobs before they really know the nuances of what will make them happy or sad in the realities of the daily grind. Institutions take decisions for the future without full confidence and knowledge of what will unfold. In each case, a decision is taken and then the proverbial question of “what is next” unfolds. We should ask this question on a regular basis. I believe the frequency is far more often than I practice. This question should find its way to my mind and heart as each day begins.
What do I want to happen today? My priorities and values should come into play. My intentions should be clear, at least to me. One needs to have an idea of the path to follow.
Do I have the resources I need for today? What needs to come from within my soul? Am I connected to a Power that can help me along the way? Is the connection between the Spirit and me present?
Am I willing to be mentored and guided by the Spirit? Is there something I need to learn from yesterday? Should I be making a course correction? What should I change in my approach?
Far too often, I along with many others, confidently stride into a day thinking that we know what will unfold. We are arrogantly confident that we know our path. Filled with pride, we believe we have all that we need. Ignorantly we ignore the signs of danger. On top of it all, we miss the higher calling.
I would like to suggest that the beginning of everyday is simple. It involved reconnecting with Divinity, being open to God's embrace, and responding to the call. God's side is always there, ready and waiting for us. The challenge, at least for me, is to open myself up to new possibilities.
Be open; God's call, metaphoric and real, is here; “so get yourself ready; I'm sending you back to Egypt.” (Acts 7.34)
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