Connecting the Lessons
by Greg Pike
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Step One: From Psalms One, Eight and Fifteen; Enlightenment, Praise and Comfort, Make Good Efforts
How to begin? We learn to look at the people around us and decide who we want to be like and who we don't. Among them we see the arrogant, the unjust and the negative. On the other side there are small children, innocent people and confident, efficient, productive workers. We search for the best way to think and act, delighting in the creation, in truth, in productivity and strength. We avoid slander and gossip, making trouble, and all liars. We honor those who seek the truth and humbly hold out for fair play.
We see where the path splits in two and we make an early choice. One is an easy slope that leads to pleasure and riches with many dark places to hide and rest. Its end is dim and hard to see. The other path is well lit but demanding. It requires balance, control, strength and perserverance. It leads to high, far seeing places that are bright but steep.
The choices are everyone's to make and there is very little one person can do to help another before the choice is made. At first we can turn back and choose the other path, but the further along we go the harder it gets.
The first steps on the path are about making efforts based on our abilities and circumstances. All of us are equally able to begin by learning from the examples of the people we see every day. We make our own decisions and are responsible for our own growth. We are not actually on the path until we begin to have the power to exercise some control in our lives.
Step Two: Responsibility, Praise and Power, As I Am Able
We learn from what we see and the choices are many. On one hand the officials of nations and leaders of people are working to free themselves from all constraints. They have police and armies to insure they can break the rules without consequences. On the other hand are those that praise the power of their Creator. They know that all real power comes from Him, even if they are too small and weak to understand it. They know the truth shall make fools of the liars who will fall back at its coming.
It may appear to go well for those who worship lies, who pile up lands and riches at the expense of the innocent and needy; but we know that the future is in the hands of the creator who we call our Lord. He supports and maintains us. He has surveyed a home and blessed it for our inheritance. He has upheld us by his very existence and we shall be called his children by the Truth that is in us. We shall see the whole earth made clean and have it for our possession.
The liars are already rebuked and their wickedness has been destroyed. For a while their memory remains, but soon its effect will be forgotten. We call on the corrupt leaders and judges to wake up, there is time yet to turn back. Their responsibility is great and soon enough their destruction will come.
Our Creator endures forever and his throne is already prepared. He sees the truth and upholds those of all faiths who cherish it. He is a safe refuge for the troubled, He gives advice by day and guidance by night. We see his eye upon us always. Trusting the truth is the path to understanding. Those who seek his name will put their trust in Him and be seen by Him.
My heart is glad because my future is bright and hope brings me comfort. I am saved already and will always be a part of the perfection He has created.
Step two from psalms 2, 9 and 16 finds us with some power based on our personal growth but is exercised among groups of people. Social interaction requires us to look outside ourselves and our power brings greater responsibilities. The opportunities for trouble, for falling from the path and not being able to go higher increase.
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