by Rick Rupe
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Respect for life
True devotion is difficult in this fast-moving ever-changing world. Hobbies, talents, cars, homes, careers, spouse, children, friends, and church draw us to become closer. We often wonder how some people can be so devoted to their dreams at the depth and commitment that they demonstrate. Within each of us is the yearning of our heart to give our all. Yet why do so few of us rise to the level of true devotion?
We divide or time into small units to cover everything in our busy lives. We become frustrated and exhausted if we try too hard, and disappointed if we relax and allow details to slip away. Itís important to understand that devotion is not the same as obsession.
Obsession is tunnel vision brought on by special circumstances. Many obsessions such as war, power, greed, drugs, sex, beauty, and others have taken over minds and enslaved individuals and entire countries. As good reasoning and mental acuity are lost obsessions takes over driving the person rather than the other way around.
With devotion one is always in control of the choice. It is the daily discipline to the choice that defines devotion. In hopes of defining our true self the choice of which: personal talent, skill, subject, interest, relationship, or deeper philosophical calling, is often the greatest challenge of all. If life was simple with unlimited time and resources we could be devoted to what ever we desired but in the real world we do not have that luxury. Someone must work, fix the car, pay the bills, mow the lawn, and on and on.
Faith and trusting in God directs us to examine our hearts and minds for our true gifts of character, and the physical skills and talents that we are proud of and know that we should develop. Faith in Godís continuous care and his desire for us to become our best is necessary if we expect to be devoted to anything. Therefore the first devotion must be to God, devotion to our gifts will naturally follow.
Devotion to Spiritual sensitivity from our early rising till the last moments before sleep is necessary because we are in contact with dozens and often hundreds of people and all of the everyday challenges and responsibilities of life. Each and every contact opens a Spiritual opportunity for us to become part of something far more important than ourselves. The magic of the Spirit is that it knows and guides us if we are aware and expecting deeper understanding, inspiration, and strength.
Video game enthusiasts learn to look for the power and skill pills hidden within the fantastic scenario of survive and conquer. If enough power and skills are added, the puzzle will be solved and the player feels like a champion. How many of us realize that the game mimics real lifeís Spiritual power and skills?
Devotion and respect for life is the next step along the way. Mistreatment of body, mind, or soul can never advance life in the true sense of success. Success is personal, however, good physical, emotional and spiritual health is best. Respect for all life is rated as a high priority for most people and in most cultures although follow through and devotion is fleeting. In far too many present and past geopolitical settings, respect for life is only for the favorite people. In our hearts we know that view is wrong and hope for a time when equality and respect for all life will be achieved. This may only be altruism in 2006, however, weíll advance the cause if the majority of caring people pray for total respect for life and for a balance in nature.
So devotion is becoming who you are in relationship to Godís purpose in your life for the betterment of all. Your destiny is the calling of your soul poured out through your talents, skills and interests. Start your devotion with faith in God and his gifts to you. Make daily choices to share Spiritual inspiration and guidance with those around you. Respect life and the good mental, physical, emotional, social, and Spiritual health of everyone. As you become devoted to these principals your own gifts will begin to receive power pills, guidance, and encouragement and your devotion to them will become second nature to you. Soon others will wonder how it is that you can be so devoted.
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