The Gift of Free Will
To believe that God is the Great Puppet Master in the sky, someone who decides our fate, is to be a victim of life. This belief makes it easy to blame God when things don't go our way.
THERE ARE NO VICTIMS IN LIFE, ONLY CO-CREATORS OF CIRCUMSTANCES!
How many times do we hear people say, "God did this ..." and "God said that ..." How often do we hear "man did this" and "man said that ..."? It is time for humanity to accept responsibility for the world WE have created, personally and collectively.
God did not create wars - man did! God did not create poverty - man allowed it! God did not create a world of greed and self-centeredness - man did!
If God really does determine our future as man says, then what happened to FREE WILL? To have free will means to accept responsibility for everything that happens in life - good and bad – knowing we had played a role in creating it.
God gave us all the GIFT of FREE WILL, and with it, the only thing asked was to be responsible for what we created. In other words, what you give out you will get back. Science has proven this theory with "for every action there is a reaction." The Law of Cause and Effect (Karma) was put into effect to keep us in check.
When we think, speak, or act negatively, negative things happen to us to show us what we are doing. Everyone and everything in life is a mirror back to you. Everything happens for a reason and a purpose.
If you want your life to change, change the way you think, speak, and act. YOU are the ruler of your destiny. Stay positive so positive things will come your way. Learn to accept responsibility for your role when negative things come your way. The only one you have to blame is you.
The spiritual path is all about looking at you - even the things we don't want to see. Prayer and meditation are tools to use on your journey.
If you cannot look at yourself, how will you ever know your weaknesses, your fears? If you cannot recognize your weaknesses, how will you ever make them your strengths? If you cannot recognize your fears, how will you ever learn to overcome them?
Remember, we are ALL children of God, and like children, we ALL make mistakes. And like any good parent, God allows us to learn from our mistakes.
Most people question their purpose in life: Who am I? Why am I here?
In truth, we were born into life to learn to become God-like. In other words, we are here to become all of the virtues of God. But how many of us really work to become God-like in our day-to-day life? How many of us remember the Golden Rule - "Do unto others as you would have them to do unto you"?
These God virtues include:
- PATIENCE (with self, life, and others),
- PURITY (in mind, body, and soul),
- HUMILITY (EGO is Edging God Out),
- COMPASSION (empathy, not sympathy),
- FORGIVENESS (for others and for self),
- KINDNESS (it is easy to do nice things for those we know and love, but how easy is it to do nice things for those we do not know and love?), and most importantly ...
- UNCONDITIONAL LOVE (not the conditional love we know and practice today).
There are two questions most often asked when we go Home to God:
1) While in life, what did you do to increase the Light/Love of the world? and ...
2) How was the world a better place by your being in it?
If we lived our life trying to make the world a better place to live, spreading love instead of fear, life truly would be worth living. It's when we fall off this path that life becomes miserable.
Living life to please the self does not get rewarded when you go Home. Living life to help others have a better life does!
Blessings to you on your journey!
With much love, Pat