It seems that as long as humans have roamed this planet, we have been spouting on of personal opinion and postulating about philosophies of life and living with others, also roaming said planet. I think it's important that we share with one another - contemplating the mysteries of life and hack through the often crowded areas of our minds and hearts. There's something that serves to sharpen one another in the act of mutual submission. The agreement to actively listen, to really hear someone, and to give of yourself and be heard, become vulnerable before others. I have been thinking of late about how you know to agree with someone, be it in the natural flow of conversation, by reading someone's "blog", =) a well crafted book or otherwise. I would think that you should at least first know what they think, postulate, propose, yes? I would think that in order to align myself with someone and what they represent, I would be apt to seek out what they are all about. In fact, I was thinking this morning, in the state of stupor, commonly reached during the lapse in time it takes me to actually become a functional person, between slumber and sentience about what it takes to be in agreement with God. The actual words coming to mind were what it would look like to stand, denoting a posture of resolution, in agreement with God. That seems like a really big deal. I mean when I'm having a conversation with someone, either close to me, or someone I am getting to know through embryonic conversation, I have to ask myself, really ask myself, am I striving to hear or be heard, seeking first to understand, not to be understood? In 1979, when Mother Teresa (whom I adore) received the Nobel Peace Prize, she included this prayer in her acceptance speech on December 10th. The text which she used of the prayer is attributed to St. Francis of Assisi, having been adopted by the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, who vowed to live life amongst the poorest of the poor, in order "to quench the infinite thirst of Jesus on the cross for love and souls" by "laboring at the salvation and sanctification of the poorest of the poor." They prayed, "Lord, make a channel of Thy peace that, where there is hatred, I may bring love; that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness; that, where there is discord, I may bring harmony; that, where there is error, I may bring truth; that, where there is doubt, I may bring faith; that, where there is despair, I may bring hope; that, where there are shadows, I may bring light; that, where there is sadness, I may bring joy. Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted, to understand than to be understood; to love than to be loved; for it is by forgetting self that one finds; it is forgiving that one is forgiven; it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life." From Nobel Lectures, Peace 1971-1980, Editor-in-Charge Tore Frangsmyr, Editor Irwin Abrams, World Scientific Publishing Co., Singapore, 1997. Copyright © The Nobel Foundation 1979 .
Is that just beautiful...
So yeah, I was thinking this. That if I am to agree with God, that it would behoove me to lay aside my agenda about how I should be living my life. That I might with earnestness, plead, not with a beggars mentality, but concertedly ask of Him, my loving and faithful Father, that He might instead share with me His heart. That I may come to understand His longings and desires - to see His will accomplished on this planet.
It's good to know that God promises that when I ask to know what is hidden in His heart that He will reveal the treasures of His kingdom to me. I like that. I love actually, that my Dad loves to share His heart with me. I would be aimless without that knowing, without that constant revelation. It thrills me that He desires to be known, that the primary purpose in my being here is to know Him, to love Him and to glorify Him. It brings me tremendous satisfaction that as I roam this planet (should I say planet a few more times maybe?) that I can live on purpose, with intentionality. My hope is that I would grow daily in my understanding of the exacting purposes that He has ready to unravel in my life. In order to agree, to act on any revelation that He gives me, I will need to have ability to not only listen, but again, to really hear what God is speaking. I will need more fully to train myself in the ways of obedience and joyfully discipline my spirit to leap with excitement at the gentle calling of my Father, the one who does know best.
When I think about my friend, who Jesus is to me, and I to Him, I want to be kind to Him, to love Him with all that He has placed within me to do so. I want to live a life that is pleasing to Him, that doesn't hurt His heart. I want to live a life without offense... . Now I read that statement and I of course know that it is humanly not possible to live entirely without that nature. It's in me, both the capacity for evil and for good. What I am saying is that I want to be more and more saturated with the good that is God, that my life radiates that pleasure, of living life in agreement with Him. I want to live life with destination, congruent with that which He first created me for - to love Him. I can only think that He would be in favor of that. As long as my feet tread on this planet (yup, got it in there one more time) I will forever do so - love Him -and live being loved my Him. And I of course can definitely agree with that.