“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”–John 15:13 (KJV)
A friend of mine co-hosts a radio show, and something built up in him that told him the show was not fulfilling its potential in being a unique, penetrating resource to the searching soul.
He felt the show was too formulaic, political, and unnecessarily focused on pointing out the crazy/evil things that celebrities do, so he did the only thing that made sense to him–he decided to essentially blow the show up and start from scratch.
I believe his instincts were right on the mark.
For decades, I have been part of the spiritual/cultural/political movement in this country that seeks a return to the traditional values that made us great, so I believe I know of what I speak.
I have been the corrupt sinner in need of salvation, and I have also been the hypocrite who has fallen far short of the spiritual words I have uttered to others.
Like so many in the circles in which I run, I have unconsciously wanted to appear wise to my friends and enemies.
I think this may be the number one pitfall for the “devout.”
So many of us err in that we think we’re required to drop “truth bombs” on everyone, and therefore “wake them up.” But unconsciously, we want to bask in the glow of being the guru. That’s NOT what people need!
It would be far better for everyone concerned if we would just BE REAL! People can sense what is real and they appreciate it. And they can sense our fakeness too. I have a hunch my radio show host friend sensed something of this too–a need for more authenticity in his show.
Israel is real
Many years ago, I visited Israel, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. But with all of the incredible things I saw there, what impressed me the most–and what has stayed with me the longest–is the memory of some the beautiful people I met there, particularly the country’s young people. They were happy and full of life! In the best sense, they were REAL!
We should be real too.
“…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”–John 10:10 (KJV)
So the question comes down to this: Are you willing to lay down your ego life for your friends (and for those who may even hate you)? Are you willing to perhaps look like a fool by just being yourself?
Or do you want to continue portraying yourself as an “enlightened teacher”–essentially helping no one?
There is only ONE true teacher and it’s NOT US! Maybe it’s time we let Him do his job and just start LIVING!
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