God is good.
There is only good.
How can God (or Goddess, Buddha, Spirit, whatever word you wish to use to refer to the Divine, because there is no word that can truly be used to define that which is), be anything but good. Just look at Nature…and all that it entails. The variety in itself is amazing. The colors, the variety, the pleasure that it entails when we partake in its splendor….how can one discount that there is only good?
Oh, that’s right…if you look at all the ‘bad’ things in the world, then one could say there is ‘bad. But what caused the ‘bad’? Was it God (I’ll use that term since it is the most recognized)? Not likely. Most likely, it was something we humans have done or failed to do. If you take a look at the Bible, in Genesis we are given dominion over the earth and the animals therein. Yet, have we done so? So many species are extinct or on the verge. We have not taken care of the environment at all.
Thankfully, many are making headway in reversing that trend, but we have much more to do.
We are a part of God and God is a part of us. In fact, everything is a part of God and God is a part of everything. So, there is good in everything.
This is where it gets interesting.
How can there be good in the happenings in the world that destroy cities, towns and villages? How can the forest fires be good? Or the hurricanes? Or the winter we have had this year?
Look around folks….there IS good there. You may have to look for it, but as you get better at it, it’s easier to find. Think about the humanity that gets together and helps after events such as these. That’s the good. Maybe it’s the neighbor that helps with the shoveling. Maybe it’s the kid selling lemonade. Maybe it’s the food drive, or the clothing drive or the way money just shows up when someone needs it.
Humanity has SO much potential. I believe we are barely scratching the surface with what we can do for each other. And as we become more open, enlightened, conscious…whatever you wish to call it, more will be done. More will happen. More people will be opening their hearts to others.
Maybe it will be you. We all have a way to make this wonderful world a better place. As I ask my group mates- “What is mine to do?”
Lent begins tomorrow. Most folks look at this time as a time to give up something….oh, chocolate or coffee or some other item that is so hard to go without. And a few others look at this time to try to be more Christ-like. This is something I have tried to look at as we go towards the Easter celebration of resurrection. And resurrection is looked at by us Unitics as a time to rejoice for OUR resurrection from old thinking to new ‘thoughts’.
Well, let’s go a step further as we enter the Lenten time. Let’s look at it as a time to let go of things that no longer serve us. That means thoughts that are hanging in the back of our minds, old thinking that we hold on to for whatever payback we are receiving, let them go. Let go of that self-talk that is keeping you from expressing the beautiful person you are.
Let go of hurts that you are still dragging through your memories and heart. That pain is no longer serving you. Your heart yearns for joy, and peace, and love. Forgive yourself and others so you are able to move forward.
Let go of those habits that are holding you back from who you can truly be. Maybe it’s smoking. Maybe it’s eating unhealthy foods all the time. Maybe it’s drinking too much alcohol. Maybe it’s not exercising. Maybe, like me, it’s picking at your fingers.
Your ‘resurrection’ is the very next moment after your choose to life a different life from the one you are living now. You don’t have to wait for Easter. Be resurrected now.