I’ve been doing a bit of thinking about this since posting it yesterday. I always come back to one glaring question. When the writer talks about “life” and “aliveness,” what, exactly, is he talking about?
To most evangelical Christians, or maybe I’m just inferring or assuming this, but to most evangelicals, the life being talked about is the life given where one is “born again” in Christ. Essentially, having been saved through the Spirit and decided to live more according to the rules set forth within the Bible or the Church.
However, when I consider other things the writer has written, I know that to not be the case.
Everyone, saved or not, has the ability to live this life. Everyone can receive it, and we can all bring it to others. What the writer is referring to is the idea of the awakened soul or the self-actualized person. Each lives to their fullest potential, using the gifts we have to bring positive and constructive purpose and change to the world around them.
Imagine a world where everyone was awake within…feeling alive and, as the writer states, bringing “aliveness” to others.
I admit the idea seems less than realistic. Not everyone could possibly tap into their full potential, right?
Personally, I believe it has to do with one word and one word alone…
I admit it. I fear a lot, and fear holds me back. What is it that I fear most of all??
There is nothing that will bring me to a halt more quickly than believing that I will fail. Nothing crushes my hopes quite like the realization that failure is possible.
For a long, long time I have called myself a realist, and I base that on knowing that failure and disappointment are real. They exist, and they matter.
But for those living at their fullest potential, does that matter?
I struggle with this, I admit. I am well set in my “realist” ways, and those ways are difficult to break. I’m working on it, though, and I’m sure I can get there.
One thing is for sure. The state of mind is much, much more pleasant and infinitely more free, and THAT is what matters!