Footsteps in Faith: Discover life’s meaning and purpose from the source

| September 7, 2017 | 0 Comments


Chaplain (Capt.) Maya Dietz
3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment
25th Infantry Division Artillery
25th Infantry Division
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — You are more valuable than you know.

God never wills the death of any of His children. He wants us to enjoy the life He has given us because life, as He makes it, is entirely good (Genesis 1: 31).

Also, the prophet Ezekiel writes, “For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord God. Turn, then, and live” (Ezekiel 18:32).

No matter how unlikely it may seem right now, you are the expression of God’s being.

If you’ve looked for evidence that God exists, look no further. You are that evidence.

Imagine overlooking a city at night. You see bright lights, dim lights, big and small lights, blinking and steady lights, and lights of every color – all playing some important role shining in their small spot.

Although you cannot see it, you know they are all drawing electricity from the same source. Those lights are evidence of that power source’s existence, just as you are evidence of God’s existence. You are proof of God’s creation, and you show forth some unique aspect of God’s intelligence, strength, beauty and kindness.

The way you live now is just an indication of how clearly you understand this role you play, and how identifying with the Spirit brings freedom.

If your present way of life is painful to yourself or others, the way to improve it involves improving your understanding of God as the source of your being.

In the gospel of John, it says, “You will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Every discovery you make about God and every revelation you receive as to your value and purpose brings you new or expanded freedoms – freedom from pain, from doubt, anxiety, guilt, shame and addictions. You will grow in patience and wisdom, able to more easily discern the right steps to take in difficult situations and the rights words to speak to bring relief and security to others.

In Galatians, it says, “You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone” (Galatians 6: 7b-10a).

In that spirit, my great-grandmother raised a family single-handedly during the Great Depression, and she used to say that when she couldn’t take it anymore, she would turn around and start giving.

If you feel like you cannot take it anymore, turn and give. Recognize that you are a light in the world that needs to be shining. Resolve to learn something of the power that supplies you with life, and truth and love.

The more you know about God and yourself as being made in God’s image and likeness, the more free, and the more alive you will be.

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