When the Knowing Gets Tough: Determining Goals & Purpose
Interpreting the Knowing
Sometimes it is hard to know how to proceed, which path to pursue to fulfill our goals and our purpose. So we seek additional information, do our due diligence, and even seek the counsel of those who have achieved that to which we aspire.
At other times life itself has been such a hard teacher that we wish we didn’t know some of the things we do. In Ecclesiastes it states that increased knowledge increases our pain. That as we add to our knowledge we are also adding to our own sorrow and heartache.
However, there is an antidote to this. Because knowledge in and of itself is neutral. It is how we interpret it, how we let it influence us or impact our lives that matters. What we do with it is what makes the difference. That choice is ours to make by deciding how we will respond to our knowledge; or if we relinquish it by drifting or default.
I believe that increased knowing increases our pain; and I also know that sharing our knowledge with others can decrease our pain. It can even lead to our own healing and be of real saving benefit to others.
Sharing the Lesson for Higher Purpose
The redeeming, of our knowing pain, is in sharing our lessons with others for their potential benefit. We turn our knowledge into something of value, and it becomes something greater in return.
When we have suffered a wrongful loss, we may advocate change as a way to vouchsafe that the loss is not in vain. That out of the wrenching loss, a greater good comes. That out of the pain of knowing, a higher purpose is served.
In the Genesis story of Joseph’s brothers who sold him into slavery, something remarkable happens. After the death of their father the brothers are afraid of Joseph and fear payback for their evil and hurtful deeds. In response to their pleas for forgiveness Joseph replied, “As for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”
The Fruit of our Labor
There are so many variables, so many unknowns, so much misinformation along with the veils and wonders of life’s mysteries. So the question becomes, which way do we go when the knowing gets tough? How do we know what was meant by whom at any given time? I believe we can only evaluate actions and results, for these are the fruits of thoughts and intentions. “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit.” We never have, nor will we gather figs from thorns, nor will grapes ever be picked from a bramble bush. (Luke 6).
So our great challenge is to realize that God can take our knowledge of evil, and our knowledge born of pain and grief and loss and destruction and malicious intent, and make of it something good. We can choose to redeem it for something much greater, of true value benefitting ourselves and others in the process.
When we have deep and accurate knowledge of great harm having been done, and being done, we can use that knowledge to not only name the evil, but to confront it and change it into something good.
Once we bring it to light, through the refining fire of our own pain, we can then use our knowledge to make others aware, thus altering its course and changing lives in the process. The other pressing challenge is to re-gain and then maintain our own balance as we continue on throughout this journey.
At first we often begin railing against the evil. We expose it and we fight it and we heighten awareness so that others will beware. We are firmly and resolutely against it. And if we can keep ourselves from being consumed by the pain and outrage of our knowing, we can develop searing clarity.
I am For; Not Only Against
Once awareness is raised and the harm being done is brought to light, we don’t want to stop there. We don’t want to become stuck in the cry against. We will eventually want to offer solutions; to not solely be against something bad, wrong, hurtful, destructive; but to be for something good, harmonious, helpful, and clean. One area of passion for me relates to health, wellness and the food we put into our bodies.
So not only am I anti-GMO, anti-pesticides, herbicides and toxins, but I am for organic. Not only am I against hormones, antibiotics and cruelty in all its forms, I am for humane treatment, clean feed, grazing and natural life cycles for animals.
When we are soundly against something we, in our painful knowing, realize is wrong, let us speak out. Also, if we find others who share our values and have a mission imbued with integrity, let us also support those offering solutions and doing it right. Reject the one and support the other. I believe this is the way to go when the knowing gets tough. How is your passion informing and guiding your path?
Please watch the brief video below. One realization can change everything, and this information has that kind of power. The video is more about our diet, than it is about dieting.
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If you are serious about your health, this is a must read.
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