Spiritual Coaching Vol 2 #207 Will… http://www.dennymeyer.me
The third step of our Advent journey toward a more other-centered life is:
We’ve made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our Creator.
It is in our nature to want control over everything in our life and yet something deep inside us knows that so much of life is not within our control. When we turn our will over to the care of our Creator we already allow for differences in that understanding. We are not automatons. Even Jesus was interpreted with four Gospels, all the letters of Paul, and millennia of the Church. What we realize when we take a step of faith is that we let go of “false control” and trust our Creator to guide us. The Spirit will with whispers or nudges or shouts give us direction. It will come from the Word, from people, from dreams, from circumstances, and a hundred other different ways.
The Dali Lama once said, “It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.” A follow up question once your read this is, how do I generate a good attitude and good heart? When Jesus taught his followers to pray to the Father his model prayer went like this: “your kingdom come – your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” In order to hear and see the “will” being expressed to us we need to slow down and quiet down enough for the Creator to guide us. This requires the third step: We’ve made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of our Creator.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once wrote, “Every(one) must decide whether (they) will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” The journey toward a more fulfilling life finds as one of the benchmarks the act of deciding to turn our own will over to the Creator.