Simply put life is interesting. From struggles to joys, there are always ups and downs, seasons of change and we are constantly learning; lessons about ourselves, lessons about others and the way life has its own way of leading us down a path that is often times unexpected.
Recently I learned a new lesson, one that did not come easy, but when I finally grasped the concept, it opened my eyes in a remarkable way.
In preparation for Christmas, my pastor did a four-week series called “A Classic Christmas.” Going into the month of December, I had no expectations about what the sermons would be like or what I would take away from these lessons each week. It just so happens that as the month of December was rolling in, another feeling was beginning to settle into my mind: unhappiness. I was unhappy with just about everything that was occurring in my day-to-day and month-to-month activities. I could not quite put my finger on it but I was starting to get antsy, and starting to become anxious about my future. I tried my hardest to ignore these feelings, constantly telling myself how lucky I was and that life wasn’t so bad, but these feelings of anxiety kept coming back.
On the second Sunday in December, I went to church with my parents, like any other normal Sunday, I took my journal to write down anything that stuck out to me from the sermon.
There is story in the bible of a rich man who yielded an abundant harvest. He had so many crops, that he did not have enough room to store all of them. So he tore down the barns that he had, and built bigger barns. Then the man decided that he could live off the grain for many years and be merry without any worries. God continued to bless the man, and instead of the man using his blessings to help increase the will of God, he became consumed in furthering his own wealth.
God saw this man as a fool because he spent his entire life trying to be successful at life, but was unsuccessful with his state of his soul. There is a truth to remember from this story.
What matters most in this life is not what you accomplish but what and who we become. You see we are not human beings having a temporary spiritual experience but a spiritual being that is temporarily in a human body.
Have you ever written a to do list? I start all of my workdays with one, in order to make sure I don’t forget any of the million things I want to accomplish in the day. But what about writing a becoming list? A list of who and what you want to become? You see, we all have different gifts and talents that we should use accordingly but there is one purpose that we all share and that my friends is growing and cultivating a beautiful soul.
My pastor is a brilliant and wise man. After listening to his sermon, I was motivated and determined to start living a life that would help create a beautiful soul. God uses all circumstances, good and bad, to help us learn lessons and to realize the only thing worthy of his praise is a loving, giving, humble and God praising soul.
As the New Year approaches, everyone is wrapped up in making resolutions on how they want to improve. I challenge you to make a list instead on how you are going to use your life to create and become the beautiful soul that God created you to be. Realize that every choice you make on a daily basis has the power to impact your soul and the state of your soul radiates out of you for all to see. Do you know what you are projecting out for the world to see?
The best accomplishment we can make is to give God glory by reflecting his beauty in all areas of our soul so that the world may know, see, and be drawn through the beauty of His handwork in us, to Him.
“Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him”