Your Will Not Mine Be done. "If it be thy will".
From the broken hill, if it be thy will.
A complex journey into "whose will shall be done".
There is much to be discerned in life and we must take the mindful approach of a will, so to speak, being more omnipotent that ourselves. These matters are about matters that are out of our control. Perhaps mere matters of perception. But none the less matters that effect us greatly. Our will does not stop a volcano. Our will cannot feed all the people of the earth. We must try and we are trying but our will cannot yet do it. Not to worry a mere 100 years ago our will would not let us fly at will.
And on the grandest personal level we cannot make others act the way we want. There are people, places and things we can exert no control over. First we must recognize our lack of power and then we must ask, "why is it so?
We are like children and those gifts given to us without our maturity in how to use them become an evil thorn in our side. Weapons are a great example, somehow we got the technology from swords and spears to nuclear arsenals but we did not get the wisdom on how to exert our will over them. We think that we control them but in reality they control us.
A great section from a very long prayer is boiled down to this: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change. The courage to change what I can. And the wisdom to know the difference.
Oh we do not just write, we sing. But if my voice be still, let it be thy will.
A quick look at asking God to take away a skill we have. If you are willing. Let us take sacred text and apply it in our life.
Luke 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done."
I woke up at 3am in the morning and prayed God to take my quill, if it be your will for I did not want to write again, I was tired of the battle and the sparring with God, my ultimate editor in chief. I begged him to let it be that better writers than me carry the message of love.
I pointed out my vengeful nature and quick and painful tongue and pen. He listened gracefully and then said clearly: "now it may begin".
I had thought I had run a good race with my words and thoughts put down in writing. He allowed me to know it was only myself that I was fighting. And that I had only begun and was not near done.
A more meaningful message that is the same message.
Do you do your will or His?
Are you good enough to make all things go your way?
What to let go of.
When contemplating what to let go of there is a guiding principle that seems to work well. If we are struggling to do what we should be doing then we should not let go of that struggle. If we are struggling to get someone else to do what we want them to we should let go of that struggle.
If we are suffering over a person, place or thing let there be no doubt that our suffering is self inflicted for no purpose. Let us take the example of working hard to fix up the local community park. There is undoubtedly a "board" of some sort governing such matters and they are political. There is for sure money issues regarding where to get the money, and where to spend the money. And there are those that oppose fixing up the park. This example is just full of persons, places and things.
So in this case you can work very hard and if you so choose you can suffer over it. If you decide that the outcome of this project is all in your hands you will be sadly disappointed. If you agree with your self that the work is yours to be done, but that the outcome is in the will of God then you will not suffer throughout this endeavor. And the park will get fixed up just the way it should be.
I know a man who worked very hard on such kind of project. He made the project look like such a good idea that the local politicians wanted credit for the park area.Well that means that by the end the project was taken from him and completed with much money and resources and was better than he could ever imagine. When asked "You started this project and yet you got none of the credit. how does that make you feel?" The reply was a large smile and a suggestion that the only credit to be given should be given to God. The man's perspective was that it was his job to get the park finished and so it was.
Interesting notions here.
Can you see the end of this road.
And so onto the artist that struggles.
This is a noble struggle indeed. The struggle and suffering of the artist is with the only thing man can truly control -- himself. Oh there are demons to slay and dragons to vanquish but those are all inside jobs. These are worthy foes of our attempt to conquer and accomplish. The actual battle of the artist is more about whether or not the art conforms to the will of God.
(please remember here we are not talking about a God of religion but a very personal God of our own understanding)
As for those who create art for the purpose of making money, well we can see the dilemma that they face. "Is money their God?" And probably we resolve that issue this way: if the "art" was created for the pure sake of making money, then we should probably avoid that "art" or perhaps not even call it art. But we must be careful here as mankind is just complicated enough to serve two masters and the artist may also need to eat.
In truth this writer is most concerned that he keep his writings separate, one kind to make money and the other to strive for some type of coexistence with the will of God. And we hope that you also can find some pleasure in looking to create a piece of work that is reflective of your partnership with your God and a combined will being done.
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