Sunday, July 3, 2011

Inspire Me Sunday

Truth and a Right Choice
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"There comes a time in the spiritual journey when you start making choices from a very different place. And if a choice lines up so that it supports truth, health, happiness, wisdom and love, it’s the right choice."
 - Angeles Arrien, anthropologist
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This quote, so well said, could have been whispered from my own heart.
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Can you relate to its sentiment?

4 comments:

khushi said...

Yes I can relate to it...very much in fact. There did come a time in my life when I had to make some choices, it was a paradigm shift...and I definitely made the right choices.

Diane said...

For me its coming more in line with the Bible and a shift in my beliefs to support it more and my crazy thoughts less. :O)

Pat said...

For me, it depends on what that "other place" is...and my deepest reasons for listening to that other. For me (as someone generally committed to the hard journey of Christ-following) I have learned the Very Hard way that my deepest, most emotion-laden perceptions are not necessarily the "right" ones, despite their unflagging intensity. In other words, I've had to learn (in the last decade particularly) NOT to ultimately trust myself, my instincts, etc. in this life journey in order to remain steadily committed to following the One I follow. Because as I grow in my spiritual walk, I've discovered the enemy of my soul ups the ante, puts on more sophisticated disguises, aims at my Achilles heel with greater subtlety but also more penetrating accuracy. The refining process Abba has charted for our lives seems (sometimes daily and deeply) to perpetually involve rubs, chips, tumbling, and downright freefalls of pain...but that seeming 'unhealth' and 'unhappiness', etc.--while not something I'd want (or even have the guts) to choose for the abundant life--IS paradoxically the path to that Abundant Life. Obedience to the Way, the Truth, and the Life--in this world--involves pain before ultimate blessing, and the increasing subservience of our finite human perceptions and prerogatives daily. It's the cost of discipleship; Christ knew it well.

In my life, paradigm shifts have been a positive thing only when they have been absolutely supported by a deeper understanding of Who it is I'm following, as revealed to me in His Word (eg. Grace rather than Legalism). My psyche and mind is clever (or maybe it's just the enemy of my soul that is); I have to increasingly go back to the core, back to that Way, Truth, and Life to see what He says about it, in order to know whether I'm being deceived or not.

Love you, Janna, and have been hurting for you, praying for you this rough year. <3

Janna Qualman said...

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