Dear GutsIsTheKey Reader. I fully expect that this BEAM may not be very popular with some. That is ok. One of the characteristics of GUTS is that it tells the truth when necessary, even when not popular.
Some of my favorite people in this online context are very much influenced by the concern that motivates this writing. In the fervor to help people with self-worth; a dangerous line is often crossed into self adulation. A healthy sense of value, meaning a balance in the world is healthy. And yet a narcissistic pre-occupation with self is an awful sickness.
For me teachings of Christ offer a healthy check up to avoid the dangers of self worship. It is impossible to read and sense the value in the Beatitudes and have an unhealthy preoccupation with self.
Our popular culture is caught up the “wonder inside you,” “trust your heart,” “and beautiful you” teachings so much; that people begin to believe in the misguided notion that the higher power is indeed themselves. This erroneous philosophy leads to the emptiness of hedonism.
Yes we need to find our value and understand our worth. Yes we need to live happy, joyous and free lives. But doing so through the hollowness of vanity and pride; only inflates cubic zirconia egos. The only way to discover the most incredible sense of purpose and being is to find the Diamond of Service. It is not the dime store jewelry of self-love but the noble treasure of love for God and mankind, that leads to the greatest jewels of truth.
Look! They are preparing a great feast,
They are spreading rugs for people to sit on,
Everyone is eating and drinking.
But quick! Grab your shields and prepare for battle.
You are being attacked. (Isaiah 21:5 TLV)
And so it is that many advise that we party it up and live to selfish excess. That better and better is all that awaits us. That we are on some astral path of enlightenment and we can certainly expect only the best to come. // This is utter foolishness.
It could be that better days await us. IF WE AVOID THE DANGEROUS TRAP OF THE GOSPEL OF OUR TIMES. If we see that love and service; the betterment of others and the unselfish dedication of our lives to causes greater than ourselves are of more importance than selfish acquisition.
I am not a prophet of doom and I do not write this to scare you into a shallow commitment. Rather I write this BEAM as a wake up call that there is a better path for your life than self fulfillment. A path of giving. A path of love. A path of service.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen. (Prayer of St. Francis)