Do you ever feel like the antonym of all you want to be? Flawed, helpless, ineffective, uninspired, failed? Maybe there is something to be discovered in the space between where we are and where we want to be.
Though we worthily strive to speak with inclusivity and practice equality, the harsh reality is that much inequality persists. Also, we grow every time we view ourselves as non-equivalent in relation to so much we aspire toward.
If we choose, we can be dependent on God’s uncontrolling goodness. Then, that goodness becomes the lens through which we determine how to love God, ourselves, and others.
We have grown so accustomed to viewing ourselves, our beliefs, and our world as a struggle between extremes that it’s difficult to pry ourselves away from that for one week of Lent to become non-dualistic. But if we manage such a colossal feat, we may be surprised with what we discover.
One day, a religious expert wanted to test Jesus, so he asked, “How do I experience God-quality life?”
Jesus answered, as he so often did, with a question, “What do you see in your own texts; how do you interpret them?”
To suggest the notion of becoming non-directional in our results-driven, success-oriented, goal-making, and goal-pursuing society seems almost blasphemous. Yet for this first week of Lent, that’s exactly what I’m suggesting we consider becoming.