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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Using Our Spirituality to Contribute Our Talents

Updated on December 3, 2017
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

Your Talents are Not Your Own

Keeping the world from your creativity is not nice.
Keeping the world from your creativity is not nice. | Source

Sharing Your Outside Self

Lately we have been seeing and great influx of people taking “glamour shots” and posting them on social media. On first thought it looks as though the folks are trying to be models selling beer. We all know what that is. Like the billboard showing everyone so happy and good looking in a beautiful place because they buy Falstaff Beer.

And I like selfies too. My elder son is a champion at it. But that probably is because he is one of the aforementioned models. And he also shows some not so glamorous sides of life. But most of the ones we see make me sad for two reasons. They don’t have any family or friends to take the shot, which is really sad. And it seems as though they are kind of bragging. Do not get me wrong here I like it when my closest people send them via email.

But what is funny is reading a post of some kind with the person ripping into another human being in government and then the next post is a picture of a picture perfect life. The irony is just so amusing. If the leader is so horrible that life is too burdensome and lousy under their governance. Then why do you next show us a picture of how great your life is? These people really need to get some gratitude going from their minds and their wallets and their hearts.

And the defense of their dual personality positions is that if they do not attack someone that their picture perfect life will come to an end. Really? Violence does not beget peace. Violent words are quite often worse than physical violence. So this notion of my life is great because I attack the “regime” is not well thought out because that regime is currently what is making your dream life a reality.

Or maybe both sides of this reality are really that person deceiving themselves and others.

Let The Boy Boggie-Woogie All Night Long. He Got It In Him and It Gotta Come Out

A Sculpture

Was the sculpture in the wood or in the artist that released the creativity?
Was the sculpture in the wood or in the artist that released the creativity? | Source

Free Yourself!

The cornerstone of all truth is telling yourself the truth. Facades and deep resentments can cloud the judgment in such a way as to be self-mutilating. What of the man who declares that he loves God but does not pray. And what of the man who says he believes that by scientific standards all life on earth at any moment could cease from an uncontrolled catastrophic event. Claims he has no faith, and then has an IRA and $20,000.00 in a “savings” account? Sometime we like to call that hypocrisy. Like the celebrity who rails against our horrible man caused global warming and yet flies in private jets and rides in a Suburban.

Now about here some would expect that the author would pass moral judgment on the hypocrites. Happily that is not my job. Just suppose that over half of us citizens in affluent societies act like that in some ways, like the proverbial, “do as I say not as I do.” If this was a live meeting you would see me sticking my hand up and yelling “I do it”.

I especially like the argument that a guy who attends a worship service and then sins is a hypocrite to whatever faith. That is bizarre. That is like telling the boxer who declares he will win is a hypocrite because he loses. Neither of those are hypocrites they are just faulty humans, like all of us.

So we have failure on one hand and hypocrisy on the other hand.

All of the above situations are a direct result of a problematic view of the world and ones role within it. Somewhere along the line our talent gets pushed aside. This pushing can be both or either enjoying a lifestyle or lamenting over what we do not have. Perhaps the “both” is hard to reconcile. Think of that selfie coming at you from the beautiful beaches of Hawaii and yet you know that person hates their job. And we also know that the man is a very talented musician but something is holding him back from pursuing that talent. Of course it could be that he is working just for survival. But we know that is false as he is vacationing in Hawaii. So what is that thing that is holding him back from giving the world the beauty of his musical talent? We could go so far as thinking that the art is already within him but he suppresses it out of some kind of fear. Something else is within him that fights his calling and suppresses it.

Maybe If We Support Way Down Deep We Can Inspire Another To Create

Art?

Yes sometimes we forget that growing plants is the art of showing off God's creation. How much more so for our art?
Yes sometimes we forget that growing plants is the art of showing off God's creation. How much more so for our art? | Source

Wouldn't You Like To Know What Is Inside of You

Do we owe to society to produce from our real talents? One dance, one writing, one song, one sculpture or even one new business or one volunteering to help another can transform another’s life. If beauty exists it first must exist within and then be shared without. Can we even imagine if our creative part of us is kept inside of us and so the world is denied our talent?

And so we become aware that our resistance to providing our beauty to the world comes from some kind of fear or other roadblock. Many at this point are saying it is ego v. self. Maybe that is a good phrasing of the issue. And others will suggest it is an engrained need to keep up with the Jone’s in appearance of success. Takes us back to the selfies showing how great our lives are. If we spend most of our time on the outward material part of our lives what time do we have to explore our inner self?

Now here is where spirituality comes in. Spirituality unlike religion is an inside job. This is no criticism of religion. More like suggesting that religion is like seeing the doctor and spiritualism is a healthy lifestyle creating much less reliance on the doctor. Spirituality in most instances comes from within.

I like the Christian notion of “The Kingdom of God is within us”. If this be true then we need some spirituality because most everything else comes from without and so cannot deal with the within. And if a kingdom is within us doesn’t this also mean that our creativity is already within us? We have just got to tap into it.

Go For It

Here is a fun one for contemplation. If the human creator puts too much emphasis on being successful to others, like having a creation get critical acclaim, then even in creating he is succumbing to the without. Just think of Bach, Dickinson, van Gogh, Thoreau and I think Poe. They all died before their work was famous. So were they ahead of their time, or they labored in their talent and did not write for popularity but rather to satisfy their inner talent.

It seems that we could create simply to please our God. Although I think that would depend on whether our relationship with our God was an inny or an outy. Or maybe if we tapped into that pre-existing kingdom God and our self would be basically one.

However it works we know there is something in our life that is blocking our creativity from being expressed. It would be good if you let your spirituality help you unleash your talents and let them soar.

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      Eric Dierker 4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Lawrence. What a great line up. Overcoming is so fantastic.

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      Lawrence Hebb 4 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Eric

      Great encouragement here, we're still making movies about Dickens stories! What if he'd let the abject poverty he was born into control his life?

      Beethoven didn't let a little issue of being deaf for the last decade of his life stop him writing music either!

      Or Churchill, had a terrible stutter as a child, yet he's possibly the greatest orator of the twentieth century!

      I think it was Eisenhower said of Churchill, "He marshalls the English language, and sends it into battle!"

      These are just a few I can think of.

      Lawrence

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A friend and I were chit chatting and the subject of what "I do" came up. We were getting way out there. I am not a writer any more than a carpenter is a hammer. I create and writing is my tool.

      If someone were to only see the mode of expression they miss the art.

      There is a funny place Denise for very bright people. You can't go around saying how smart you are. Have you ever wondered why?

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      Denise W Anderson 5 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      This is such a dichotomy! As a musician, I have performed for others to uplift and strengthen them, however, I have been accused by people who heard me perform that I am "showing off" my talent and making them feel "jealous" of what I can do because if "makes them feel inferior"! The creative mind begs to be expressed, for it is in the expression that the self is actualized. Until then, the ideas, images, and sounds are simply shadows in the mind, waiting for their tongues to be loosed. Once expressed, they become their own, separate and distinct, resonating in, around, and over all in their path; and yet still have a part and place in the spirit and life of the being from which they originate!

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Dora you make an excellent point. You also remind me that what makes sense to me on Monday may not on Thursday.

      Your approach seems to require us to keep an open mind.

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      Dora Weithers 5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, in that problematic view of the world as you mentioned, remember that just because A -B-C makes sense to some, everybody else does not think the same way. To begin with, we are limited in our understanding of each other. Regardless of how we think though, your final message to create for God's pleasure is good for all. Thanks.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lori, I was just yesterday contemplating "eloquence" And I scooted over and read some of yours. Somehow an incorporation of beauty in a often cold world, like my mom.

      This morning my eldest son and I were chatting away - more like a dual Socratic dialogue as he is a UC Santa Cruz dual graduate in Art and Philosophy. He is an accomplished poetry and song writer, sketch artist and leader of a Band. And if you have been to a Nordstroms you have seen him as model.

      Today we concluded that our outside pays bills and our insides please God.

      We have long since accepted that we are both hypocrites.

      Works in progress I suppose.

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      Lori Colbo 5 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Eric, this was thoroughly enjoyable and several ideas struck a cord. The social media thing is so true. I find the glamour shots are a way for people to seek acceptance, mostly girls and women, thinking people will see them as outwardly beautiful. Our culture emphasizes too much and too harshly being sexy and beautiful outwardly. They are deeply insecure and the ones that I know are beautiful on the inside, but have experienced lots of rejection.

      As for hypocrites, we are all hypocrites at one time or another. I love the statement when someone gives the excuse for not going to church "There are too many hypocrites in the church,"and the reply is "Well, we have room for one more."

      I love your comment about using our creative gifts to please God. Too often we do it to for the acceptance of men and to make us feel more special. All we do we should do to please God. I fall so short, but we are a work in progress.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah I like your explanation of the breathing. I also have done this with prayer. "unceasingly".

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita your point is well taken. Yes the terms apathy, complacency and spiritual lethargy are well mentioned here.

      I shall take your advice and write on it.

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      manatita44 5 months ago from london

      I'm really scared of social media, Bro. It ties in with the second half of your Hub, for the very reason that a lack of Spirituality is the cause of all this.

      We have become so complacent, that we have forgotten God or the Divine. Write a piece on complacency bro. It is scary that when we take something for the norm for so long, we actually believe it is. Heaven help us!!

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kari, you are exceptionally strong in creatively hitting on tough issues,

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      Kari Poulsen 5 months ago from Ohio

      I enjoyed this article very much. I agree with your logic. I do think people are much happier, also, if they let their creativity out. :)

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Gallery of force it is very good to hear from you. I went back to reread " https://letterpile.com/creative-writing/Its-Not-My... " Even better than the first time. Be well.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 5 months ago from Washington DC

      "The Circle of Life" doesn't show how we are individual life forces destined to become the life force of existence then we forget everything we've ever learned through our sojourn through every aspect of existence to trace our journey in another way forever. Two of my hubs do.

      Generally I engage breathing meditations in almost everything I do, even while writing, eating, walking or just sitting, it is something that can be done subconsciously, after practice.

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      galleryofgrace 5 months ago from Virginia

      Absolutely the most perfect words I could have ever hoped to see, hear or feel!

      Thank you, thank you!

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Yes Elijah both are true. This is what I glean from the circle of life. Like breath itself. While it manifests within us we must manifest without us.

      Control must be tenderly restricted. Again a circle. To restrict control is to control in a sense.

      This is personally why I like meditative breathing. A cadence of bringing in light and eventually breathing out light.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill just the term sends my few hairs left to turn up and electrify. LoL

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Chitrangada, I believe in what you say. It seems the most direct route to letting the inner muse out.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Demas that is a prayer and thank you for sharing it here. And thank you for all the creativity you have shared with me for years.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 5 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, let the flesh loose control so that you, which is the spirit self or god, can be in control. You identify you as your manifestation rather than what is manifesting as Eric.

      Peace

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Frank I am working on a piece about daily heroes. And you just made me realize I should include our writers here. On a regular basis you people step up to the plate and swing. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Elijah that is a wonderful comment and I thank you for it. I think therefor that I try to control outcomes. And so I think I must control my creativity. I am afraid of that loss of control. I like to call the remedy - "The Big Let Go".

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      Bill Holland 5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That's one thing I won't do...selfies...no glamour shots in my selfies. LOL As for talent and spirituality...I'm trying, buddy!

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Catherine that is an interesting comment. We agree we owe it to ourselves.

      It just never occurred to me that we do not owe it to humanity. Thank you.

      Hmm, creativity only for ourselves.

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      Eric Dierker 5 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Clive. I really appreciate your steadfast support. You made me think if our talents find us instead of the other way.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great sermon as always!

      I liked the theme—your talents are not your own. I believe, we must share them with others, so that others can benefit from it. Knowledge of any kind, should be shared.

      Thanks for sharing this!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Lord free me from hypocrisy in thought, word, and deed. Help me perfect my calling, and cease judging others. Let me live a life of sacrifice and love, faith, hope, and charity. Amen

      Somewhere in this you wrote about all that. Thanks.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 months ago from Shelton

      Eric what a wonderful stable sermon.. free our creative souls and unblock our creativity.. Love the sermon

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      Catherine Giordano 5 months ago from Orlando Florida

      I don't know if we owe it to society to develop our talents, but we do owe it to ourselves.

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      Clive Williams 5 months ago from Jamaica

      Good Ceremony. I am still trying to find my talents.

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