Friday, June 6, 2014

The afterthought

As I was sitting watching this big dance going on in the middle of Downtown Disney with all the little kids dancing to the music played by a DJ, with all the lights flashing and all the parents chasing them and dancing with them and taking pictures, I had these thoughts...

Our experiences are channeled though us into the rest of the world. How we process them varies and determines what is projected through us into the world. Depending on how we process our experiences and grow through them we are able to offer wisdom to others on how to overcome similar situations. We filter these through our heart, soul, mind and spirit at the time when it's happening to us, in such a way that others get to see. Our ability to filter our experiences exposed the true nature of our heart, mind and spirit. It is through the way we live it out, how we think and what we say and do.

As we grow with each experience and become more 'polished' on the inside and mature, we develop character and gain wisdom. Our wisdom is not for us alone. It is not about us at all. It is all about bringing glory to our Creator  and to serve and help others. But we cannot do it without awareness nor without first learning ourselves. If we do not learn - we do not grow. If we do not grow - we do not become wiser and without wisdom we cannot bring glory to God nor can we help others. And if we do not bring glory to God through our life journey, if our life does not positively impact at least one person - we lived in vain and we would not get full satisfaction out of life.

It is only when we connect and share our life experiences with others, building them up, motivating them, encouraging and helping someone else do we truly reach fulfilment in life's purpose. This is why having children is such a life-changing experience (at least for most of us). That's because for the first time we truly realise that our life will impact and shape another human life. Our children see us better than anyone else, they are very perceptive. Children are like sponges - absorbing all of who we are - the good, the bad and the ugly...and it becomes their norm, at least until they learn to think on their own. Our personality, traditions, beliefs, habits, mannerisms and convictions will be engraved in them and will lay the foundation in forming the core of who they are and in their thinking.

Oh, how much more challenging it is for those kids who do not have active parents. These kids end up picking up bits and pieces from all over, without a consistent and stable guidance in forming a full, healthy picture of life and healthy identity. The foundation for these kids is broken from the initiation. Then these kids become adults...who go into therapy to make sense of what was put into them from early on.

Like Lego pieces we begin to unravel it all, going through the painful experience of dismantling everything we have ever believed and thought about who we are, examining who put those realities there to begin with. For many this is way too much to handle and too painful, that we give up before we even begin.

So what's the moral of the story? Before you loose me, let me say this - let your light shine! Get rid of the darkness, live responsibly because it is not just about you. Like Joyce Meyer says, "as many people as you can help you can also damage". Going with the flow and YOLO should only be our motto is we are following the flow of the Holy Spirit who is there to guide us... and only if we realise that we do only live once, no repeats...This is the one life we get to live for Christ and His mission, the life abundant!

...and for that I am thankful!

"So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the Glory of God"

~ 1 Corinthians 10:31

"Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible but not everything builds up."

~ 1 Corinthians 10:23


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