a new February

It was an early morning rise with my mind racing at 4:00 AM.  I found an audio copy of As a Man Thinketh, and took it in as I hit the pavement.  James Allen's voice patiently tracked the rising the of the sun.  I am always struck by the similarity of the voices which I am drawn to.

What is it that distinguishes the really great sages from new age and pop-psychology hucksters?

It seems that it is a sincere and complete resignation to divine order.  In the absence of this, we are convinced that we have our hands on the tiller and can unilaterally control our destination.  Experience has shown that in reality, we can only suit up, show up - and attempt to apply with  consistency, the principles which are set forth for us by our God. I think these principles lie ready to be awakened within the core of the human soul.  Though we may consciously turn from them, they beckon persistently, quietly, and will wait for our return.

It occurred to me recently in thinking about the Christ - how His demonstration of love was inextricably intertwined with His forgiveness of each of us.  Love and forgiveness are essential and enmeshed.  You really cannot have one without the other.  Love which is not bootstrapped to forgiveness will be temporary because all mortals will fail.  If we cannot forgive and cannot in turn, love - we are destined for a life of misery. 

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