I was reading a book this evening about acceptance that brought upon another aha moment for me. Though this writing comes from the program Alcoholics Anonymous, the views discussed here are of my own opinions and do not reflect the program in any way.
“Acceptance is the answer to all my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation – some fact of my life -unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.”
– Alcoholics Anonymous
The first part of my lessons comes from the understanding of my complete inability to apply the principals mentioned about, of my own accord, when I’m living in my world. My world is living by Joe’s will, through my ego self.
Looking at things that have happened directly in my life, as well as situations like the Orlando shootings. Those are not events of God’s World. It is self will!
I believe God’s World is the spiritual aspect of each and every one of us. It’s the only part we take with us when we leave this human world that we are currently experiencing.
I’ve said before my belief is heaven & hell isn’t for afterlife. It’s how we each choose to live each moment of our life right here, right now. Even the Catholic Church now defines hell as “anywhere that God isn’t”.
So the part about the writing that states “nothing, absolutely nothing happens in God’s world by mistake”, tonight I realize that any time I’m unaccepting, it’s because I’m not living in God’s world. I’m living in Joe’s. Further understanding God world isn’t this planet we live on. See, I haven’t realized that for the past 9 years. I have always read those words as being here, on this planet with all the day to day events going on around us. God’s world can exist amungst this plant in this moment, but only if I choose to bring him into my heart & soul with me. And each of us has the same choice every single moment of our life.
Now in knowing this, there are times when I CHOOSE to be in my world. I don’t like whatever it is going on and I don’t want to accept whatever the situation may be. I have that choice for as long as I choose to, BUT the moment I decide that I want a strong relationship with God, above all else, acceptance is just around the corner. Without this relationship, I cannot know acceptance…
The other thing I’m realizing is that God will use any & all injustices we experience for our benefit. However, I cannot pull out my mental measuring tape to compare the injustice to the lesson or benefit. I doesn’t work that way for me. I can say of my experiences, even the worse of them lost a lot of strength in regards to measuring, compared to the insight of change in my life that I received as a result of.
One final note. For whatever reason the song Imagine, but John Lennon has been coming up a lot so I’ve been listening to it over and over. I believe in the lyrics and I believe we can experience them to the extent we are willing to make the decision to live in God’s world, rather than free will. Think about that… “Living for today: “nothing to kill or die for”: “The world will be as one”…