Have you ever felt like a tiger in a cage? Pacing back and forth, panting, and frantically searching for a way to escape? I know there have been moments in my life, and even years, where I felt like that pacing tiger.
We, humans, may not have a cage made of metal bars with a huge black lock on the door. But sometimes our life’s circumstances help us to build the bars around us one by one. Until we resemble a trapped animal.
There was a French painter, Daumier, who was very talented. Instead of painting from his heart, he painted what he knew would sell. When his friends called him out on it, he would say, “One must be of one’s time.” Well another one of his colleagues asked Daumier, after he made this remark, “What if one’s time is wrong?”
What if one’s time is wrong?
What if all of the stuff that has been saturated into the pores of our very being, is wrong and destructive for us? Americans have been so hypnotized by the next big thing and “gotta have it” attitudes, that we have walled ourselves into a cage with iron bars.
True happiness is not about what the news media and commercials pound into your brain. True happiness is about knowing God’s love and grace for you.
My favorite bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11…
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
God is a loving God, who wants to meet you where you are in your life. And then He wants to guide your life with His Holy Spirit deep inside of you, and constant communication!
Now, His plans may not include you being a millionaire. But, each of us have a purpose in this life and it is for God’s good!
And for our own good!
So, where do we start?
I think you have to start from a place of love and hope. And the only way I get to that place, is to allow God to work through me. Realizing that all humans are God’s children and treat them with the respect they deserve. Even if they don’t reciprocate the same to me.
I believe I need to talk to God every morning. Spend time in His presence and not allow the “religion rituals” creep into our time. Sometimes that means, I have to get up earlier each day. Because when I don’t, I lose me, the child of God. I become angry with the world and get aggravated when things don’t go my way. I start building the bars around me and believe what the world tells me is right.
How would someone take down their bars?
I can only offer my opinion.
Start each day thirty minutes earlier. Sit in a quiet place and begin your conversation with God! Remember you are His child, whom He loves, adores, and wants the very best in life.
Also, I have found a site, which I believe has one of the best explanations of the Be Attitudes that Jesus gave us, from His Sermon on the Mount. Read it over and over again until they are pressed upon your heart. This will also help you to take down those bars. Transform your world and the world around you!
Then, one day you will look out upon your world and realize the bars are gone!
And God is truly inside your spiritual house!
Peace and Love!
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