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Eric's Sunday Sermon; The Balance Between Our Will and God's Will

Updated on October 11, 2015

Let that morning light warm you all day long.

Who's will be done?
Who's will be done? | Source

Strength in silence.

We are not perfect and that is just a natural fact. We will make mistakes. It is strongly suggested that you incorporate that truth into your moment by moment reality. It is liberating in two important ways. First it allows you to move forward allowing that you may fail at any given task, and that is OK. Second it allows you to look at your sister who has failed and not judge harshly. With this reality at heart we can endeavor to accomplish that which we were likely to fail at. Without it we are moribund and will develop the clay feet of indecision and worry.

So now we are faced with the ever present challenge of deciding to effect change or not interfering and allowing something to follow it's course without us. We could say that it is the question of whether or not we were intended to be a part of the flow of occurrences in any given situation. Not even an if but a when question. "when am I to prevent my child from falling and when am I to allow her to fall?" And notice that the concept of "you had to be there" is always relevant.

And perhaps most importantly we must feel the feel. Most good accomplishments are a good portion inspiration and a good portion perspiration. How you get the job done is your business in the sense of mechanics. How you get the job done is God's business in the attitude. Great mechanics and lousy attitude creates mayhem. Great attitude and lousy mechanics creates a mess. We suggest here that God's how in both areas creates success.

It could be said that the best advice in life is rather crude in it's bluntness. Shut up and listen. And many would think that this only applies to the voices coming from outside your head. Not so fast. Still the voices in your head also. Here is a funny concept coming from a preacher type guy: Take the reins and get it done. Take control and manipulate the outcome. Combine an outward and inward silence with a strong personal will to get it done and it shall get done. Take clear notice here that we are not suggesting anything in that silence. Silence is like the emptying of a cup with water. It will immediately fill back up with air. Nature abhors a vacuum. So if you let your self get out of the way in silence something will fill your cup. If your connection is with good, good will fill it up. Or you could say if your connection is with God and you make room, God will fill you up. And then God's will is your will.

Wow that worked out great! We end up right where we want to start. Is God's will your will?

Let us just call this a hymn. Listen for the good in it.

Take a walk down one of my country roads

I started walking down this road in about 1960, and the journey ain't done yet!
I started walking down this road in about 1960, and the journey ain't done yet! | Source

There was a boy

For some reason our little boy at about 4 was in a Jesus Bible class. Really just a fun kindergarten love fest about Jesus. In his fifties now that is what the boy now man can remember about early Bible study. Happy pictures of Jesus hugging and talking to children. A Nativity story. And bits and pieces of the stuff Jesus said. Learning to say "I love you" as Jesus would have if He were me. Pretty colors and pretty clothes and singing and hand holding. Our happy pictures of good Christian notions on the walls. Starting each session with a round of "Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so". And he never forgot the treats received for obeying the Golden Rule all class long. Let us not forget the wonderful teachers that smelled fresh and clean and smiled and spoke with calm happy joyous voices and could sing like angels.

Sorry folks for this boy there was no reading of the Old Testament. There was no ruler in the classroom with which to smack knuckles. And there were no musky black robed nuns that scorned disapproval at childlike antics. But a strange "curse" happened to our boy anyway.

For some reason our boy heard and learned: "Thy will not mine be done." A normally truly wonderful concept. A good way to lead a life in rational behavior. The curse was not in verse but in the boy's head. Somehow, someway the notion got perverted.Who knows why, psychologists would later have a field day with it. The boy got it in his head that the concept meant that his way was bad. Oops.

Through formative years this helped to push the boy to act in two competing fashions. Excel, in order to do better. And self destruct in order to fulfill his deeply felt notion of his own will. To the young man there were two ways to act, either in God's will or his own will. A short lifetime later it became clear to the man that he simply could not act in God's will for any substantial portion of his life. He, in fact would take back the reins and steer life's events into his own will.

Let us leave this man alone for a moment. Let us apply his thinking to our lives. Perhaps listen to a song and then pick up again.

Perhaps just a prayer.

Sleeping outside

Too comfy to get up and chase the wind.
Too comfy to get up and chase the wind. | Source

It is our nature.

For some reason us crazy humans like to do "either or" deals. We like to think of ourselves as separate autonomous creatures. We like black and white and clear lines. We become offended when others, any kind of other, enter our space and lend to direct us from within. Hence, man normally thinks of "Thy will" as something different than "my will". Well what if it were not so?

This series of articles are entitled in part "Sermon". There is a method to that madness. No one wants to be preached to. Preaching seems to mean insisting that you feel a certain way. That is repugnant. Sermons are traditionally thought of as someone preaching God at you. If you are reading this, then you got past that. There is a crack into which new thought might flow. You have accepted the notion that you just might be able to incorporate into your you something new. These sermons are not intended to be author versus you. They are intended to be author and you. And God willing and the creek don't rise -- you and the author.

Yes this is going somewhere. And that somewhere is next.

Who knows what goes on inside his mind.

Anticipate the good!
Anticipate the good! | Source

Not two but one.

So what would happen if this simple concept was given? Make God's will your will. Why the battle between God's will and our will? Instead of control we practice acceptance. No not mealy mouthed acceptance of all the wrong in the world. Acceptance of God into our hearts and minds. A true surrender of absolute control over our actions and thoughts. A sharing and a becoming as one. Not the kind of foo foo "I am one with", But a respectful partnership. Where important decisions are not made without complete consultation. Where there is an actual need for input. A desire for guidance and collaboration.

If the grand master teacher Jesus and I are getting this right, God is Love. If I put on the breastplate and helmet of love and I add into that mix the eyes and thoughts of love and then do my will what of that? You see I get to have my cake and eat it to. I am truly doing my will and that will is love. And God is love so I am doing God's will at the same time.

If I take "thy will be done not mine" and I view that in love then it comes out alright. "Mine" takes on the meaning of "alone". When I say that a thing is mine, I am saying it is all mine and mine alone. Just listen to a child. So in love when I say "Thy Will" I really mean our will. For it takes two to create a "Thy". A me to believe and a "Thy" to be. Not a me alone.

Please do not face your troubles and problems and decisions alone. Do all things in respectful partnership with love. There is a fun word, y'all. Go do y'all's will.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lawrence,

      I find that a whole bunch of the time I should turn all three off and listen to the inside. I surely do like it when you drop by and leave a note. I always get something good out them.

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      Lawrence Hebb 22 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Took me a while, but I got here! Sound advice here. My Dad always used to say "God gave you two ears but only one mouth! Maybe he wants us to use them in those proportions!"

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We are blessed Ruby with you. I really try hard to be a bad ass preacher dude but it escapes me. When you are just a poor slob, lesser than most it is hard to get all holier than thou. How nice it is to be defective. To be handicapped is a big let go. Paul, this "touched dude" talks about thorns that are just not taken away, because we need them to keep us dogged faced humble. My wife loves me, even with my warts, perhaps even more because of them. So is a good life.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank my friend thank you. I had some lawyer buddies over for a party that included a Russian Orthodox service right here in our home. Communion and all that rigamaroll. We sat with the Vietnamese priest dude and talked about God being love and all the fancy pantsy stuff being fluff. We do not follow a religion. We follow love. We do alright. God does fine by us and we give it a good shot at being fine by Him. I wonder when religion left the scene, when we left being born and raised acolytes and just said to God that we like being loved. It is a good world. I like it and will stick around to see the next chapter.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I am late but I got the message. I liked this line, " Clay feet of indecision and worry " We humans worry needlessly so much of the time. Great message told in an non preaching style. Thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 22 months ago from Shelton

      your sermon speaks volumes... I have no religion, but I believe in God.. and then when I share your sermons.. I wonder what messages have I really been missing.. great sermon my friend

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Denise, my octogenarian friend told me that good life is all about restraint. I was sorry to tell him that I finally do what ever I want. That I finally do not do anything I do not want to do. We held hands in silence. He smiled and said that truth be told he could not remember the last time he was made to do anything. There is peace in the surrender of our will for God's. A big let go. Let the devil have tomorrow for today I have a friend in God.

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      Denise W Anderson 22 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      It has taken me all of my life to come to the point where I feel that my will and God's will are getting pretty close. I finally am able to kneel at his feet and say, "Do what you will with me, Lord, I am but your servant." God is the best taskmaster there is! I would rather work for him than anyone else!

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mary, it is good to hear from you. The wonders of love are amazing. Absolutely nothing in my life is not made better by it. Have a great fall day.

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      Mary Craig 22 months ago from New York

      There was a song I learned long ago, "God is love and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him." Kind of goes with this weeks sermon. It all boils down to love; our love of God, God's love for us, and our love for our fellow man.

      The pictures of your little one show the love you share!

      God bless.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Faith, I just love hearing from you. I am sneaking a midday coffee break from planting two new rose bushes, one for son and one for bride. Now I will have one for each child and my lady in my front garden. Ain't that love cool. That guy Jesus just keeps on loving me, no matter what. And He just used you to send it to me. Or wait a minute did you use him? Great stuff to ponder as I plant. Thanks for bringing your sunshine into my day.

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      Faith Reaper 22 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Eric,

      It is a beautiful thing to be accepted just like we are indeed ... to me it is sad when someone thinks they have to get all "cleaned" up and have their life all in perfect order in what they deem God would be happy about, but in reality Jesus loves us right where we are with the mess and all, and then He can work in us giving us a new heart of love, just as you say here. His will is love no doubt.

      I love your writing for you write in such a manner we all can understand and put into practice in our daily lives ...nothing complicated at all, but we tend to want to make it so hard, when it is not. Just love and be loved.

      Your precious little one is growing up so fast it seems!

      I see I have a lot of catching up to do here on HP in reading.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      You're very welcome, Eric.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Ann,

      The history and art behind the Book of Kells is extremely interesting. Thank you for turning me on to it, there is much to learn, Boy o boy I would love to visit and see it.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Davika thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. I thank you for the tweet also. I think it is time I learned about tweeting.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Whonu. I think I like our dependent state.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      Glad you had a laugh at my expense! It is important to be accepted as we are, not being judged by outward appearances.

      Just looked up the Book of Kells: have a look at www.tcd.ie/Library/bookofkells/. It's the site of Trinity College Dublin where the book is now kept. Apparently Kells is in County Meath, Ireland. Worth a trip I think, if you're ever there!

      Ann

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      Devika Primić 22 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I like the message yu share here and so meaningful thank you. I tweeted.

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      whonunuwho 22 months ago from United States

      Nice message my friend. We can all use help from one another and be inspired. Thanks again. whonu

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      Mel Carriere 22 months ago from San Diego California

      It is really not so much a problem for me as it is for my wife, who is in those tender loving years when her internal temp is already way past the boiling point of metal.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, what up with them calling Ana a saint -- feels like hell fire around here. Only 103 out my front door. We are changing our name to Sprung Valley as asphalt shingles are beginning to drip like the water we can't use. Truth be told I love the whining and excuses not to work outside.

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      Mel Carriere 22 months ago from San Diego California

      I could certainly use some swagger like good old Lonesome George. Did you check out all the old farts dancing in that video, dancing like the white people they are, no less? My kind of crowd. Thanks for sharing that, my sun and Santa Ana scorched friend from Spring Valley. I'll contemplate the words as I go about my business today.

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel,

      No one in their right mind would tell you to listen to this song after delivering a sermon like this one. But maybe I ain't so right minded. This song reminds me that my will is really not all that bad to the bone. Sure flawed, so what? But the core is OK and just needs some guidance.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7VsoxT_FUY

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      Mel Carriere 22 months ago from San Diego California

      We have to listen to Elijah's "still small voice" no matter what we are doing, although all it seemed to do for Elijah was get him in more trouble. I like the idea of surrendering my will. Most of the time I am so wrapped up in worry and stress that I think this would be the one way to separate myself from it, if I could really learn how to do it. You are truly an inspired, deep thinking philosopher, and I know your wisdom comes from a higher source. Great hub!

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann,

      Time for true confessions. I was pretty much bad depressed once. I did not want to go to church. The real stumbling block was getting all dressed up and ready - sometimes a tough thing for a depressed fellow to face - weird as that might sound. I just went as I were. But I made it and I needed it. It meant a lot to me at the time that I was accepted as I was.

      I giggled at your misspelled word when I read it. And thought to myself how happy I was that Ann showed up word pimples and all.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      You've made me smile back, thank you. I've just noticed a job for the dreaded Editbot in my last comment - can't change it now! It was supposed to read '...good at your job'. Ah well, we all make mistakes.

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ann, you bring that smile and warmth right through your comment. You reaffirm my strong belief that God is everywhere but He works through people. You lift me up so that I will share your comment with my wife. Perhaps it will help her to feel better about what I do. What a treasure your kind words are.

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      Ann Carr 22 months ago from SW England

      I love listening to your humour throughout all this. You have such a brilliant way with words, wise words and tolerant, balanced words.

      I love ' a good portion inspiration and a good portion perspiration'! And I loved the way you were happy that a paragraph turned out well in conveying your idea!

      You are soooooo good at these, but then I suppose sermons are your job. You are very good at you job.

      Much peace on this Sunday and may our wills and God's be done'

      Ann

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Welcome and blessings Jo. There is a wonderful thought made by a guy named Descartes. Cogito Ergo Sum, I think therefor I am. Just for me it is; I am loved therefor I am. Without love I am an empty vessel. Eric's way is an adventurous road, God's is a peaceful one. He does not pick which fork I take but is always right there with me. Thank you for sharing part of this day with me.

      Shalom

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shucks Bill you keep looking and I'll keep finding, and we can compare notes. Most of what I find, just helps me get motivated to keep looking. You walk the talk brother.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 22 months ago

      Hello Brother Eric!

      I have so missed your Sunday sermons. This one is truly spot on. I know I have many times felt the need to do things "my way", instead of God's way. And interesting enough, he gives me the room to mess up, and rushes back in to help guide me and instruct me to what I should be doing, "His way". Then he hugs me, and gently reminds me. His way is light and results for a better outcome will be evident. Blessings for you this day. And thank you for sharing this with us! God's speed.

      (((((((((((((((( Eric ))))))))))))))))) Shared and ***** stars! (5)

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      Bill Holland 22 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm still looking for that balance, Eric. When I find it I'll be sure to let you know. In the meantime, keep preaching my friend, and I'll keep listening.