We left off last time looking at 'Insecurities' and their powerful grasp on our beliefs and actions. As long as we are continually repeating behaviors with responses that have us constantly confronting and grappling with our insecurities, that’s where we remain. One of the most interesting things about encountering and then growing through the experience of each life ‘lesson’ is the higher we ascend the easier and faster the climb can become.
It is like learning to ride a bike or parallel park a vehicle. At first, the skills needed for success may seem too difficult to contemplate. And yet, before we know it, we are riding that bike at high speed with no hands. Or, we have mastered the parallel parking challenge like a professional trucker. Overcoming the challenge of each lesson provides confidence and experiential learning to draw upon for the next lesson or challenge.
Parenthetically, these lessons can each or all, be happening simultaneously, in sequence, or in any order and degree of intensity and frequency at any time. Crazy huh? In fact the more success you have integrating your mastery of one or more, the easier they become and the more ‘skilled’ you become at applying the totality of you to accomplishing conquer and control over each one.
The more spiritually grounded we become, the more opportunities we recognize to emulate Christ in character and nature by our thoughts, words, and deeds. So, think of our chart like this:
We start at the bottom (Insecurity) and ‘work’ our way up. Once we have grappled with insecurity(s) and learn how to neutralize their effects, we can begin to recognize the opportunities and challenges represented by and in other lessons. The more we respond to our life situations by being Responsible, Reliable, Dependable, Accountable, and Credible, the stronger our spiritual awareness develops in guiding us. The more we listen and accept its counseled directions, the farther and faster we can grow.
When we're operating within lessons learned, we will have gained the confidence necessary to take on 'Risk'. This challenge represents an esoteric transition between our humanity and God's spiritual character and nature, (Trust, Commitment, Forgiveness, Truth and Love [in and through Christ]).
These 'steps' appear long and arduous right? The fact is for many they are. For each of us, our existence is a lifelong adventure with twists and turns designed to give us each as many opportunities as possible to encounter, engage, embrace, and experience the challenge and succeed in growth. There is a ‘key’ to unlocking the stress, struggle, and conflicts presented by life’s lessons. That key rests and relies in our ‘active’ or ‘inactive’ spirit.
Remember, the active spirit is engaged with and for us, totally and freely. While the inactive spirit is a mere place holder, waiting for us to call it to action. The active or inactive spirit, which do you have today? Which do you want for your future?
Join me next time when we discover 'How and Why' spiritual grounding and growth is essential for establishing balance for ourselves and our relationships.
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