Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Don't Store Away or Worry, Keep Trying ***

S. Matthew 6:19 – 7:11

O. This is a particularly complex scripture, so I’m going to highlight portions of the scripture, than explore each concurrently.


“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will be.”

Often, we want to store our treasure, store our good acts and the good fruit from those acts. This is mistaken, for any amount of treasure that we store here on Earth is subject to be stolen, damaged or lost. It really doesn’t matter the mechanism of loss, the loss will happen at some point as we cannot take anything with us when we die.

We can take this scripture a step further. Make your treasure doing good here on Earth, creating good fruit here and now. We cannot hold onto effort or work, it can only be done, and all that we do should be for the greater good, not for our own gain.
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!”
The use of the singular eye here I think is with purpose. The so-called third eye is our connection to the Universe, to God. It is not an eye of our body, but the eye of our soul. This eye can be used to fill us with light or fill us with darkness. Our mind is the determining factor in what we let in through that eye. And, we can actually mistakenly let in darkness that we think is light. Knowing the difference is not easy or simple. Once again, our personal relationship with God is crucial in helping us figure out what we’re letting into our life.
“You cannot serve both God and money. That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life. . . Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?”
Our focus must be on the relationship with God, not money and the pursuit of money. Our everyday life is absolutely dependent upon the Universe, which God created. Every bit of food, every bit of water is something that is directly linked to the rest of the Universe, and therefore linked to God.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Worry is a killer. It shuts our eye; it ignores what we do have; it doesn’t honor what is going on in our life right now. Worry doesn’t gain us anything but more trouble. Worry takes us away from being thankful and joyous, from having that deep personal relationship with God and our role in the Universe. Focus on what’s going on right here and right now with your entire presence, with your eye open and shining that light inside.
“The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged . . . First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”
Instead of judging others, we must forgive them. If we don’t forgive all others, all will not be forgiven that we have done. We have our own flaws. We must deal with those flaws before we can help others heal from their flaws. It is only through a deep personal relationship with God that we might be healed to see what is necessary.
“Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you . . . And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”

All we need to do is continue to try, continue to forge a deep relationship with God. We must continue to open our eye and see things as they truly are. If we keep at it, we will see. If we keep looking, we will find.

P. May I forge an ever deepening relationship with the Universe, with God. May my eye open and let in the light.

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