SEEK the kingdom first — don’t worry about food/drink/clothing
About 85% of my spiritual growth comes from letting go in one form or another. Some dumb thing is always holding me back, weighing me down, making me clumsy.
As I think about seeking the kingdom first, I’m filled with the sensation that the demand here will be to let go of everything!
Here’s a list of things that happened in the last week that I’ll need to let go of in order to seek the Kingdom first:
1) I don’t want to leave THAT big a tip.
2) What will she think?
3) He’s way too annoying.
4) Why don’t I feel like they do?
5) He never does what he says he will.
6) I never liked her in the first place.
7) It’s going to suck.
8) It’s not fair!
9) They’re so dumb.
10) There’s not enough!
If I look closely at all the thoughts that I agreed with for a moment here and there, that list could go on and on.
BUT! If I’m consciously aware, in my daily walk, of the directive to seek the Kingdom first, I will certainly see these things - each one of them about fear that God is not in control of my life, of justice, of goodness - as worthless lies to let go of. Then where does that put me?
1) I want to give as enormous a tip as I can!
2) She will love me because I’m lovable, and she’s the reflection of God, Love.
3) I love him.
4) I love my life and am delighted to explore it honestly and fearlessly.
5) He’s doing his best and I want to support him in his best, always.
6) I see God in her face!
7) It is going to be amazing, the gift of God.
8) God’s justice is drawing us close to Him, and that IS.
9) Oh Lord, I love them!
10) There IS enough! The infinite fountain of good provides, not the bank account!
That was different.
Alex Cook, June 2012
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