If we are made in God’s image, don’t we want to glorify that Image?
God’s beauty is infinite. The expression of God’s beauty is infinite and planted in us. To stifle the expression of our unique talents and skills is to stifle the beauty and expression of God. And to stifle God’s beauty and expression is sin.
Perhaps you, nor I, are God. But you and I together, honestly expressing the beauty within us, are one step closer to God than either of us alone. So too, are three or four, or more of us, expressing and living our highest potential, that much closer to God. We CAN create heaven on earth.
It’s easy to find, follow and express your gifts. Go to and develop that which makes you happy. The kind of happy that stays with you, nurtures you, and satisfies. The kind of happy by which you sleep well at night and wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. It could be writing, sewing, speaking, fostering animals, coaching, etc. There is no price tag big enough to accommodate the number that your destiny is worth.
The devil may come about in forms of greed, fear, social mores, expectations, procrastination, or guilt. The devil really comes down to one thing, which is Fear. Don’t be frightened by the devil. Look at it, understand the source of your fear and protect yourself with Love. Then fear will lose its power over you.
You may not follow your heart because people you love and respect tell you not to. They want to help. But only you are in touch with the beauty God has instilled within you. Only you know exactly how to express it. Finding and fulfilling our destiny is, for many of us, the hardest thing we’ll ever do. It may require saying No to everyone and everything that tells us how to be and saying Yes to ourselves. Like children, we’ll try and fail. But there is rarely any success without “failure” first. And like children, we need love, patience and gentleness to succeed.
The first step is Awareness. And sometimes it’s the only step. Awareness of what in your life now makes you happy, and what doesn’t. Often times we’ll get what we think we want, only to find out that we really didn’t want it, and perhaps we gave up something truly valuable in order to have it. Frequently this happens when we “fall” for another person’s, or social, ideas of what is good for us. Go within and find what’s true for you. You’ll know it when you find it – if there’s any doubt, you haven’t found it yet.
The drive to fulfill our destiny and express our Truth is so compelling that people have died for it – not because they’re better than you or I, but because they know that to do without Truth is to feel dead inside anyway.
No one’s Truth is identical, because God’s aspects are infinite. But all Truths come from and are nurtured by Love. Suppressing Truth for false ideals (like rich, strong, tough, successful, beautiful, etc.) leads to much pain and suffering in the world. If we listen to our own Truth and follow it, we listen to God. We will be naturally kind and loving. Evil is not a part of who we are. It is a function of compromising who we are.
God is Love, not dogma.