The title to this post is a book written my Brian Luke Seaward, PH.D. I do not know when I purchased it, however, I suggest to you, it is a thought provoking inspirational read. No, I personally do not agree with all aspects of the thoughts concerning God, or some of the writing, however it would be a good read for anyone who has left their first love, God.
Since I am giving credit to the author, I am going to give you part of the opening of the forward to this book as it seems to be so true for so many people:
"I have both lived and worked at the edge of life for many years. What I have learned is that stress does not seem to be a question of overbearing bosses, ill-behaved children, the breakdown of relationships or even significant loss. After 20 years of working with people with cancer, I have come to realize how much stress is caused by the sad fact that many of us believe in one way and live in quite another. Our stress may be more a question of personal integrity than time pressure: a function of distance between our authentic values and how we live." Brain Luke Seaward, PH.D
No of course, this does not apply to those who have dedicated a part of their daily activities to reading God's Word, praying, and giving thanks to Him. However, there are individuals who have detoured from the embedded consciousness of faith, and obedience to keep their Spiritual self in the loving grace of God. It does not mean that forgiveness is not still available; it is always possible to be forgiven by a Savior who love you.
My daily scripture today was Romans 12: 1, 2, 9 -21
" I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service,
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Yes, this is several versus of scripture, and it says far more than I could ever say about how we Christians should handle our daily life. Some of these instructions are not always easy to follow because we are human and when we get hurt, very often our response is: "what goes around, comes around." " Just wait until they experience some criticism." That is a reality, however, it is against what the Word teaches us to do when we have been done wrong and it is not our calling to avenge. If we see this happen in church, it is not an acceptable practice, especially for those who have decided to follow Jesus...this is when we are not living as we believe.
The thought provoking message in this book is about learning to live a life of balance, which is the emphasis in the title; "Stand Like Mountain Flow Like Water." Something that is a hard accomplishment, however, the scriptures also conclude that we must balance our Christian life according to the Bible.
When we stand like a mountain, it means we are steady, without movement, standing firm, planted in a sound foundation. We believe what we know to be true about the grace of God and our life here on earth. We know that God owns the world and everything in it. He is not willing for any to perish, if we call upon him.
If we were actually standing on a mountain, some of us would become fearful, (I would as I am afraid of heights). We begin to look down, the fear and feelings of falling become overwhelming, and we start to stumble. To truly stand like a mountain we must look straight ahead, to the side, and up, but never backward or down.
When we flow like water; we are flowing with the waves as they evenly propel, smoothly, without a rush, steady, constant, and ongoing. We speak to ourselves in the affirmative way. We tell ourselves there is a reason for the season, and that God is looking out for us no matter the circumstances that exist.