Walk With God

He walks with us along the pathways of life, and he can do for us what we can never do on our own. — Lakota Saying
I am already diverting from my plan, but I ran across the above and couldn’t pass it up.
When we invite God into to every aspect of our lives, we complete our destiny. Without his presence a huge hole is left in our lives. With his presence the impossible becomes possible, the extraordinary become ordinary, resources appear, talents we never knew we had begin to bloom, and most of all a calm and peace beyond all understanding takes over our very being.

Resistance

Author, Steven Pressfield, — Legend of Bagger Vance, The War of Art, and Gates of Fire — talks about the chattering critic inside our heads that keeps us from moving forward with what we were born to do. He even gives a name to this voice, he calls it resistance. He says resistance stops us from committing to the most important work in our lives.
He also suggests a strategy to fight this perverse enemy. He calls it “turning pro.”
For the next few meditations I’d like you to consider what would it take for you to “turn pro.” To in fact do what God always intended for you to do.
Now “turning pro” is not for everyone, and although it is free it is not without cost. The most difficult is to give up your current self.
Now some of you may have already turned pro, or you may consider it and decide it’s not for you. You have to be a little crazy to do it, or to even to want to do it.
But I promise you it doesn’t cost a thing to consider going pro, and even if you choose to continue to live the life of the amateur you might still be able to tweek a few things that help your current condition.
Not interested, I don’t blame you. Instead read a good book, such as A Game Of Inches, and I’ll be back to normal in a few meditations.

Happy Anniversary

Six years ago, George and I got permanently hitched. For those of you who don’t know me, six years ago today I received a liver transplant, and I named my new liver George.
It is still hard for me to believe and comprehend, and I thank God every day for the gift of life.
There is a lot that I can talk about the experience, but I want to use today to remind me of something — when we are given life whether it be at birth or the result of a miracle, we have an obligation to take advantage of the opportunity.
It is very easy to initially be grateful, but as time passes it is easier to forget that there is a reason for our existence and it is not to be self-serving.
It is easy to forget the miracle, ignore the purpose for which we are here, and the promises I made, and we make, when we call on God for help.
This anniversary is a good time to remember to renew my vows to God and to those who sacrificed to put me in this place.

Zohar

In wrath remember mercy. — Zohar, Volume 18.
 
The Zohar is the foundational work in the literature of Jewish mystical thought known as Kabbalah.
My EFM classmates know of my attraction to the mystical and the mystery of our faith, and indeed it might be considered mystical to remember mercy when one is “so angry one could spit.” (Don’t know the origin of this phrase, but I’ve heard it all my life.)
There is a lot of discussion going on around our country these days about how angry the electorate is, how that anger has produced the election results in one party, and how does one appeal to that anger.
Frankly, I’m not sure anger is something we should try to attract in any regard. Maybe our leaders would serve us best by reacting to such anger with a little mercy.
Fanning the coals of anger only produces more heat and destruction.