When I was young I thought that God’s will was like a road map. If I could just glimpse the map then I could get with the program. I would do the things on the map and then I would be making God happy. A happy God would then lavish me with fabulous cash and prizes and a magical fantastical life.
Then I grew up.
I believe that God (or whatever you want to call this Benevolent Power) is essentially for humanity. That He/She is on our side. He/She is rooting for us and wants us to be happy, full of joy and free from the things that hold us back from becoming our best selves. That, I believe is God’s will for me, for you, for all of us.
God’s will isn’t so much a road map as a series of choices. Choices that will lead us either to frustration, angst and oppression, or to happiness, joy, and freedom.
Whenever we make choices based in selfishness we end up being unhappy.
When we lie, we make choices based on covering up those lies. Now we are all wrapped up like a fly in a spiders web of deceit.
When we hide a bad motive under a good one, we end up confused as to why whatever it was didn’t work out. “But I thought this is what God wants for me, why am I still so frustrated?”
Ultimately, When we make choices out of of selfish interests it usually ends up manifesting anger, perfectionism, procrastination, greed, jealousy, addiction, etc.
Conversely when we make choices based on unselfishness, when our motives are pure and honest, when we are genuinely coming from a place of love, we find that we are content- maybe even, dare I say, happy?
That’s the secret to happiness, to honestly unselfishly love yourself and other people. Boom. Drop the mic.
But really, when we do the right thing for the right reasons and the right time, we feel right, right? We feel good. The self esteem comes up. We radiate positivity. Now if that isn’t God’s will then I don’t know what is.
Just for today
When faced with indecision, I’m going to put it to the test:
Is this thing I want to do loving? Are my motives pure? Am I being honest? Is it unselfish? If the answer is yes to all of those questions then I know I’m on the right track. I’ll be sure to ask a friend to check my motives, because sometimes…. well, we are “only human and prone to make mistakes.”
Universal Light and Love, thank you for making it easy and pleasurable for me to be in your will. Sometimes staying here will be challenging. I may need to make difficult decisions that cause some momentary pain. But I trust that you will always come through for me. And that on the other side of the discomfort there will be a sense of purpose, positivity and joy.