When I was young, I was taught that
families are an important part of God's schoolhouse here
on earth. Over the past few days, I've seen the nature of
the universe in microcosm with my youngest daughter. The
other night, I was teaching her how to shampoo her hair
by herself while she showered. She was so anxious to learn
how to do such an important (in the eyes of a 6 year old)
task on her own. Her eagerness lit up her entire face, and
she beamed when she got it right. I smiled to myself and
felt that familiar twinge of truth in my heart. Surely,
the happiness I felt is how God feels when he sees each
of us develop our own God-like potential.
Today, I experienced the opposite
end of the spectrum. It seems my daughter was responsible
for the destruction of a metal cookie cutter several days
ago, not the friend she told us had done it. She was so
upset about having done it, and then lying to us about it,
that she cried for half an hour straight. My wife and I
each held her in our arms, told her we loved her no matter
what, that it was wrong to lie, but everyone makes mistakes.
She's a strong-willed child, and she had a difficult time
apologizing to my wife (the owner of the cookie cutter).
It took her a while but she did it, and she's back to normal
I'm sure we've all had similar experiences
when we were young. I know I lied to my folks about toilet-papering
the neighbor's yard, and suffered the consequences when
I was ratted out. We've all learned valuable life lessons,
some the easy way, some the hard way. Some lessons are common
ones nearly everyone shares, and some lessons are more specific,
geared toward individual needs for growth.
This is the nature of God's mystery.
We all have a piece of God within us. The purpose of our
existence is to recognize that truth, and then maximize
our own Godliness. Becoming like God is an extremely long
(eternal perhaps?) process. Just as one year at school isn't
enough to teach us all there is to know about math or history,
one lifetime isn't enough for us to perfect our God-like
Reincarnation is the path toward
God. Many important lessons must be learned here on Earth,
and in the spirit realm between incarnations. The challenges
we face vary from lifetime to lifetime. It may be dealing
with poverty in one life, and then fabulous wealth in another.
Receiving hatred and prejudice in one life, then having
roles reversed to see how you treat others from a position
Karma is the law of the universe.
As we sow, so shall we reap. Some karmic cycles are completed
within one life, some patterns continue over many lives.
Along the way, we'll all make mistakes, but God will continue
to love us and the schooling will continue. We never have
to doubt God's love. What may be in doubt is our willingness
and desire to learn and grow.
Do we have the natural inquisitiveness
of a child? Or are our minds fully ossified with smug self-righteousness?
Are we trying to make progress, or just floating along with
the current? Do we try to nurture love in our hearts, or
sow disharmony wherever we go? I've heard it explained that
every person is on the path toward God, some are just moving
faster than others. I hope that becoming more like God will
be our strongest desire, because I truly believe all our
desires are granted us. I hope we never lose the joy of
self-discovery (which in many cases leads to God-discovery),
no matter what challenges lie in our path. They're there
because we need them to grow. With the right attitude, not
only will we maximize our growth, but we'll make the world
a better place along the way. May God bless you as you journey.