Who is driving your bus? How do you make decisions in your life? Are your decisions Divinely-guided or led by your mind, your fears, your compulsions, your wants and desires? If you are human, it is most likely that the majority of your decisions for the majority of your life have been self-guided. As children we have been taught to make our decisions based on what other people tell us to do, as we grow into adolecence and adult-hood we journey into the world of making our own decisions….kind of. We go to school, some go on to college and at some point we find ourselves in the job and relationship world, trying to find the thing that will pay our bills and the person that will make us happy. At what point in this process did we invite the Divine to guide this path or these decisions? For most of us, the answer is, “NEVER.” So my question then is, “How is that working for you/us?” If we are completely honest with ourselves, the answer will range from “Well….it is ok I guess,” to “Not very well” to “IT SUCKS.” The good news is that there is another way!
In the contemplative life, we are invited to enter into the decision making process ever seeking the Divinely guided path. Instead of making decisions based on what we think we want, what seems to fill the bill, what we believe will settle our restlessness and fears, something that we take based on desperation or fear, we are invited to turn to the Divine for guidance on our life path. The self-informed path is only as good as the motivation that drove it….did we take the job because we thought it would give us the status, position, validation, power we crave? Did we pursue this path because we needed to feed our desire to acquire more unnecessary stuff? Did we take the position because it was the only thing that came along? If these are the motivations that drove these decisions…..this is in turn what we will get….craving, dissatisfaction, want, rejection, unmet needs.
The Divinely-guided path offers an entirely different set of benefits. The God-path leads us to freedom, expansiveness, greater experiences of love, deeper peace and joy. The God-path also leads us toward our one unique magnificence, our own unique giftedness and how we are called to reveal compassion and love in the world. The God-path allows us to discover, nurture and cultivate and freely and openly share our gifts in the world. The God-path leads us to fulfillment, the self-driven path leads us to frustration, longing and dissatisfaction. Which path would you choose?
The invitation today is to ask yourself, who has been driving your bus and who do you want to drive your bus from this time forward? The decision is yours!