My intention is to grow spiritually and whenever I visit a bookstore, I say a silent prayer that God will lead me to what I need to learn. One book He led me to was “That Which You Are Seeking is Causing You to Seek” by Cheri Huber. The title was intriguing and as I began to read my spirit began to “think”, “see” and “feel” the authenticity of the words! It spoke answers to my questions!! People always say that God works in mysterious ways but HE REALLY DOES! God is not a religious entity, He is not a denomination or a doctrine–He is the Creator and He is both omnipotent and humble. He is diverse and inclusive! God met me in a bookstore and spoke to me through a book that I would probably never had read. The author is a Zen Buddhist and I’m a believer in Christ but God used her words to elevate my thinking. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear!
A few insightful nuggets from the book:
- Joy is not the product of getting what you want; Joy is compassion turned inward. It’s the end of struggle and the end of competition!
- Stay flexible…everything changes, all the time
- Letting go is opening the hand. Acceptance is what the open hand receives
- The two sides of the coin of control: guilt/blame
- To end suffering, stop identifying with the process that is causing it
- The quality of our lives is determined by the focus of our attention
- Always choose your beliefs over your experiences
- Whether life is seen as a struggle or a gift depends on your attitude, not on your circumstances
- We define who we are by what we accept or reject
Who am I? What really matters to me? Who is the real me; the authentic me; the me at my core; the me that’s left when I strip away the masks; the me that resonates when I listen to my inner voice; the me that emerges from the pit of my stomach?
You can only know you by knowing Me!
We have all asked the questions “who am I” and “why am I here?” Our search for identity began as soon as we became aware of our own presence. God knew we would search for the answer because He put the question in our DNA–that which you are seeking is causing you to seek!
Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart…For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for good and not evil, plans to give you a hope and a future–Jeremiah 1:5; 29:11
Webster’s dictionary defines identity as “the same, not different in every possible circumstance; exactness, similar, copy. We recognize this sameness in our physical resemblance to our parents and siblings. Comments like “you look just like your Mom” or “you and your brother could be twins” are commonplace. Similarly, this sameness can be seen in character traits such as stubbornness, patience, assertiveness or charisma.
We have all suffered from “identity confusion”. Mistakenly, we have concluded that our identity is determined by things outside of us–material possession, relationships, careers, money, sports icons, political icons, entertainment icons. With the invention of social media, we can become further confused with memes, avatars and emojis. All of these things can change; they can disappoint us; they are temporary. Is our happiness determined by what we do, what happens to us, how we feel or is it determined by how much truth we know?
“I am that I am” was God’s response to Moses when he asked “Who shall I say has sent me?” His question was about God’s identity–who are you God? I understand God’s answer–He is everything to everyone; He is everywhere at the same time; He is timeless and He offers us an unending supply of love, peace, understanding, joy, provision, health and divine appointments!
Be who you are and say what you mean because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind–Dr. Seuss
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary can speak–Hans Hoffman