The God-path is not an easy one. It sets one up for ridicule, judgement and condemnation. Today’s blog explores the invitation to remember that choosing the God-path automatically sets you apart from the hoard.
The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright:
“Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us;
he sets himself against our doings,
reproaches us for transgressions of the law
and charges us with violations of our training.
He professes to have knowledge of God
and styles himself a child of the Lord.
To us he is the censure of our thoughts;
merely to see him is a hardship for us,
because his life is not like that of others and different are his ways.
He judges us debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure.
He calls blest the destiny of the just and boasts that God is his Father.”
Choosing the God-path
First off, I want to assure you that there is a vast ocean of difference between what I will refer to as “the God-path” and the “church” or “religion” path. Just because one goes to church or professes a particular faith does not mean that one is on the path of authentic spiritual growth or enlightenment. In fact, many attend church and make a profession of faith without ever knowing God. The “God-path” that I am referring to here is the path that leads us toward the truth of God that lies within. (See yesterday’s blog). The God-path is that which leads us toward our most authentic self as a person of compassion, peace and joy, naming and claiming our unique giftedness and freely and openly sharing those gifts in the world. This is the path for the courageous, the disciplined and the diligent. The God-path may be informed by our cultural and religious practices, but in truth transcends religion, culture, gender, etc. The God-path is universal in its destination and is accomplished through an infinite number of pathways, as such, the God path is available to anyone and everyone, but in truth, chosen by few. If the God-path is so great, why do few choose it? One answer lies in the scripture passage from the book of Wisdom above.
For loving the God-path, you will be hated
Sad, but true. Human beings detest those who stand apart, those who make their own path, those who stand in their truth. Have you ever seen the Wendy’s commercial with the silent hoard blindly following eachother and jumping into a cavernous, bottomless pit? (link to view commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qd5UEfs4W8 )This is sadly the choice made by many humans – the path of the blind followers. The God-path is vastly different. The God path is like the one man in the Wendy’s commercial, the lone person who challenges the status quo and calls for a “Hot juicy burger”. He breaks from the crowd and runs toward the destination of his truth. This is the invitation on the God-path. Unfortunately, you will not be liked for making this choice. In the reading above, we see the consequences of choosing the God-path. Others will resent you for it. You will be thought of as weird, rebellious, maybe even crazy. The God-path challenges the status-quo and shakes up the perceived security of the well-worn path. The God-path frees you of the outside perceived authorities that are so honored on the man-made path and places you in the position of seeming “disobedient.” In the human world, obedience to “the man” is placed in highest order. On the God-path we are obedient only to God, which isn’t really obedience at all – but is the wisdom of knowing that God knows what is in our highest good and leads us toward the attainment of that highest good, if only we are open to seeing, believing and receiving.
Surviving the God-path
The good news is that there is a survival kit of sorts that you can assemble to help you survive the God-path. Here are a few things that you may need:
- A sound and regular spiritual practice – meditation, prayer, contemplation, creative endeavors, mindful physical movement, the practice of mindfulness, present-moment awareness.
- Supportive wisdom literature – scripture, poetry, sacred writings
- A teacher/teachers who are encouraging, supportive, most importantly EMPOWERING.
- Friends, acquaintances who have also chosen the God-path. You do not need to walk this alone!
How have you been called to choose the God-path?
What have been some of the obstacles along the way?
Who have been the naysayers and how have you remained strong in the face of resistance, ridicule, etc.?
Who have been your sources of support along the God-path?
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