Much like with the laws of physics, for every attitude there is an equal and opposite attitude. Such opposites can create a healthy complement or steer us further into distortion. That’s what happens when we blame life for our misery, negating any form of self-responsibility. Which then means we also take on burdens that are not ours. For such blaming inevitably incurs an opposite, compensating attitude.
The healthy version of all this would be the harmonious balancing of a proper dose of self-responsibility together with a freedom from assuming the burdens of anyone else. And to be clear, that last bit doesn’t mean we shouldn’t freely and lovingly help others when and where we can.
In the long run, we can realize that houses built on sand must come down in order to be rebuilt on a more solid footing. It is in this way that everything that is destructive has a constructive element that serves creation. This is always true, every time. But in the course of our lives, the truth of this is not always so obvious.
Opposites also appear in dealing with our pain: the more we accept it, the less painful it will become. It’s our resistance to pain that makes it so hard to bear. And on and on this goes. The more we accept our hate, the less we will hate. And the more we accept our ugliness, the more beautiful we will be. The more we accept our weaknesses, the stronger we will become. The more we admit our hurts, the more dignity we will have. These are inexorable laws, and so it must be so.
God’s laws are indeed divine in their creation and in their perfection. As such, our goal is to obey them to the best of our ability. If we do this, they will lead us along a path of growth and healing that will eventually bring us home to our own glory.
Our work then is to abide by these loving laws and know that if we choose to go another way, well, that’s our choice. But there will always be a price to pay. This is the loving hand of God at work, and always, always, always it’s for our own good. So let’s go God’s way. Let’s keep forging ahead.
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