We have a lot of choice
in what our lives will or will not become. We have a life to
live in order to make one choice. That choice is an ongoing
journey based in love or based in hate or fear. That choice
is ours. It takes many of us an entire lifetime to pick a
race track and make the choice to run that particular race.
Others make it very early and those who make a choice for love
live in beauty while those who do not choose love can be exposed
to ugliness beyond comprehension.
A life being lived in love and beauty is not necessarily apparent
from the exterior. We cannot look at the next person and
determine what kind of life they have by their beauty, their
possessions, or their "luck". We can only know
their quality of life if we are given the opportunity to see their
soul. Very rarely does the spirit allow such exposure.
Because of this opportunity (or necessity) to make a choice,
depending on how you feel about it, we walk side by side on this
earth as strangers. People living in close proximity, with
similar environments, background, and heredity, can be living in
very different worlds. Side-by-side they walk, appearing
similar to those they know, yet one has within a black hole filled
with turmoil and pain while the other is living with an internal
warmth and joy that cannot be adequately described by words.
Those who have not made a solid choice are likely to see glimpses
of both worlds without fully understanding the implications until
they seriously begin the search for the right track.
We can choose to be guided by that still small voice within.
We can choose to help those around us, gaining our pleasure
through seeing their lives enriched. If we turn selfish and
expect to be rewarded for helping, we lose out on the joy of the
unselfish gift. Our lives are not based in love.
We can choose to be proud and to be greedy. We can choose to
manipulate our environment so that riches become ours. Then
we are based in the external world. That still small voice
does not operate in the external world. This selfish
lifestyle can lead us down a road of lies, lust, and into ugliness
We can live in the spiritual world of love and beauty and still
have favor like wealth, fame, and beauty as long as we have not
taken them through greedy selfishness. We can live in the
spiritual world of love and beauty when our physical lives are a
mess. If we have faith in the guidance of that still small
voice within; if we willingly follow its leading, a most
unexplainable sense of joy, serenity, and security abide within
us. We know we are spiritually safe no matter what happens
to our perishable bodies.
We accept the concept of the perishable body and the eternal
spirit. This forward looking attitude gives us grace, hope,
and power in the knowledge that no matter how difficult the
hurdles at the beginning of the race, smooth sailing is ours for
eternity. Smooth sailing through loving, caring, sharing,
serving with that constant sense of spiritual joy within. A
joy that continues to expand, never diminishing, throughout