LIFE is unpredictable, no matter what we do or how we live. It’s too short to be preoccupied by the small stuff. Spiritually, we often need to get over ourselves.
Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life begins with the line “It’s not about you” – an unusual and daring opening for a self help book. The book goes on to explain how the quest for personal fulfillment, satisfaction, and meaning can only be found in understanding and doing what God placed us on Earth to do.
It is the first basic step to spiritual consciousness.
“Love yourself” is a popular cultural message, but it is not found in the Bible. Selfishness seems to be at the core of most of our problems.
The antidote for this, suggests Rabbi Harold Kushner, is a clear sense of humility, not the false humility that might mask a large ego, and not what the dictionary describes as meek, deferential and submissive, but the simple and hard-to-face recognition that we are not God and we don’t run the world.
Life is sometimes unfair. Sometimes people get what they deserve, and sometimes not. And we can’t really do anything about that.
Another wise rabbi, Mordecai Kaplan, said, Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are an honest and virtuous person is like standing in a field and expecting the bull not to charge at you because you are a vegetarian.
Virtuous or not. we are destined to cry and die, but the gospel message is that creation will one day be redeemed from all the pain.
One day, the world of terrorist attacks, poverty, billion dollar bailouts and stimulus deals and own little worries will pass away. They will all seem like small stuff in comparison to the vast love of God. So don’t sweat the small stuff.
God grant me serenity, to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference – Serenity Prayer