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Garden of Gethsemane

My meditations today took me further than just my last post (“What Defines You“).  In that post I made the statement that God is my center of being.  While I certainly felt that statement was true at the time that I wrote it … I also felt that those words rang a little hollow as I thought on the subject more.

To be truly guided by God, for God to completely be your center … you must be dependent SOLELY on God.  I cannot make such a claim.  To be dependent solely on God means that you go wherever God sends you; whenever and wherever that may be.  That means that you must leave everything else behind to go wherever it is that God sends you.  At the moment I don’t feel that I am in a place in life where I can do such a thing … we each make decisions that tie us to responsibilities … therefore the claim is not complete.  Not yet.

I am confident that I am where God wants me to be, and that I am headed in the direction that God wants me to go … but being completely centered in God is NOT something that I have yet attained.  I trust though that such a place is where this path I am on is headed.

The thought also came into my mind that you may not WANT to go where God wants you to go.  The prime example of this is Jesus.  Jesus did NOT want to die on a cross.  In the Bible, it is detailed how Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane to meditate and spend time with God … to beseech God for some other way; ANY other way.  God had made it clear though what needed to be done … and so that is where Jesus went … no matter the cost.

Do I have such strength or conviction?  Do you?  I really don’t know … I haven’t been asked such a thing, so I could not say.  However, to make a claim of being centered in God ultimately means being willing to go wherever God wants you to go.

So I guess I ASPIRE to being completely centered in God (lol) … and I feel infinitely more centered in God than I have at any other point in my life. There is still quite a ways to go though, I am sure of that!

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Painting by: Domenikos Theotokopoulos, known as El Greco, being shown at The National Gallery in London.

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Religion4All is an idea: that every human being (no matter their race, religion, sexuality, social status, lifestyle, or any other possible factor) is LOVED by God; just … as … they are.

We all are loved by God, and NO religion or person has a monopoly on it. Every single person on this planet is loved equally by God … SO many are cut off from God because they are told they don’t belong. God loves everyone … we ALL are beautiful creations … we don’t need to cringe when we hear the words “God”, or “religion”, or their judgments … God LOVES us all!

There is no requirement to change in order to be LOVED by God, or to LOVE God. God is LOVE, and LOVE is God … period. There is no one who God loves more than anyone else … there are only those who choose to LOVE more … to love God more, and consequently then to love each other more. In doing so, we grow closer to God … and know God.

By opening our hearts, and minds to God (free of boundaries like religion, or social trends); by LOVING God … we are exactly where we are meant to be. If we maintain that openness, never allowing any person or event to make us close our hearts, we will be guided by God to be who we are meant to be.

In that space of openness we can then live a life of LOVE, and be guided to where we are meant to be … forever in LOVE.

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