You know that saying, that when God closes a door he opens a window? Well, sometimes out of nowhere, He’ll do you one better and He’ll kick a whole wall down!
(season 2, episode 8, original airdate November 23, 2010)
written by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, spoken by the
character Burt Hummel
If there is one thing that can be said about the human being is that from the moment we first draw breath, we exist in an ego-centric state. We are tiny masses of tissue in its various states and full of all of the possibilities that life can introduce to us as we grow. But grow first, we must, and the human being has no innate abilities ready to jump up and take charge unless someone, usually our mother, guarantees that for us, until the time we are grown enough to assume the daunting task of caring for ourselves independently. It is through tender nurturing, much patience and lessons taught by the one who rears us that we discover as a little one that we are not the entire universe and that, instead, we are part of the collective….a member first of a family dynamic and then a member of society. And it has finally occurred to us that the world does not revolve around us, but instead, it is we who revolve around a central force that controls the world and life as we know it……GOD!
The realization of this does not come easily to the very complex person that a human being is. I never forgot hearing in the movie “SHREK” that an Ogre is like an onion with many layers. And the same is true of people. As we grown we add layer upon layer to our character through every single life experience that comes our way. And once we reach adulthood, it is all of those layers that serves to arm us with the knowledge to live and grow and prosper, apart from those that reared us. But, it can also be all of those layers that serve to trip us up as we journey through life unless we have added those layers to a strong and supportive base foundation and that is where faith comes into the picture. Even though our every sense tells us as we view the world around us that nothing we see, smell, taste and touch is chance, we still must learn and know and trust that He allowed it for our use and enjoyment. It is only through having a solid core that faith in God provides to us that the layers we add from those life experiences are able to adhere and allow us to grow into the best person we can possibly be!
A God-centric life does have some rules which helps us to keep the faith core of our being strong and they are worthy of remembering. I am sharing but a few that jump out at me right this moment, but I am certain you yourself will probably think up few or even a few dozen more, if you sit and think about it for just a moment!
- God is the one that changes us, not we ourselves so take a moment every day if possible to share in the messages contained in His handbook….the Bible. If you read these posts every day, I have already done the work for you by including a verse of scripture to every blog I write. Just read them and think about what the words are speaking to you and you will find that He will take care of the rest by applying the meaning of the message to your foundation!
- Cultivate friendships with others who not only share your tastes and pursuits but who also share a faith in God. It matters less that their belief matches your own since there is much to faith that is subjective. However, people who know God and hold Him in their hearts will always be honest with you and always encourage you to be your very best!
- Know that there is something to be learned in every failure we encounter in life. We are human, after all, and we will make mistakes but it is in not allowing those failures to define you that you come out a better person for having experienced them. If you fall down, admit you made a mistake and then get up, ask forgiveness and continue on your journey.
- Understand that even as Rome was not built in a day, neither is faith. It takes a lifetime of reinforcing His message over and over that will see us to the gates of Heaven. Be patient. Be persistent. Be faithful!
And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.
Luke 11: 9-10 ESV
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