Waning Gibbous – Day 17

The moon is still bright, still beautiful, still bounteous with light.  Yet, it is still waning.  What other wondrous thing has God has given us? What about willpower and drive?

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. – Philippians 4: 13

The willpower and determination to strive towards God so that we use our freewill to say yes to God is very powerful.  But what if we are striving for something else?  If we spurn God in favor of something else, a promotion, a bigger car, more money, we are going after only noise and fury.  We become wrathful.

Wrath is not anger.  A lot of people call this deadly sin anger – but there is a difference.  Jesus is without sin and He got angry.

Jesus entered into the temple of God, and drove out all of those who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the money changers’ tables and the seats of those who sold the doves. He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers!” – Luke 19: 45 – 46

Anger is a normal human emotion.  That is not Wrath.  Wrath is out of control anger, motivated by hated and vengeance, spurning all love.  It’s the type of anger that just eats you alive, whether with fury or grudge carrying and usually stems from thwarted desires. It comes from being a victim.  You didn’t get your promotion because of her!  You could have been happy if it weren’t for him!  Society is against me!  It’s not fair!  It’s not fair!  It’s not fair!

So how do we let go of wrath?

First: Don’t be a victim.  Things will happen.  Bad things sometimes.  Use it to make yourself stronger.  You got turned down for a promotion – did you really want it?  If so work harder for it!  Work at another company.  You aren’t happy – it’s not anyone’s responsibility to make you happy but you.  Moreover, why do we act like we are supposed to be happy all the time.  We aren’t and that is what makes life so wild and magnificent.  You don’t agree with society.  Change society.  Be a public official.  By a lobbyist.  Do something to change what is wrong.  Don’t whine.  And what about ‘it’s not fair?’  Big secret: It’s not supposed to be.  I, for one, am happy it’s not.  If life was fair, everything that you did wrong would be done back to you. EVERY THING!  No, I am glad that life isn’t fair.

Second: Use determination for what it is meant to be used.  Use your willpower to open yourself to God so that He may strengthen you.  Be determined to follow God’s will in all things, not out of duty, not because you want to go to Heaven, but because you love Him.  Be steadfast.

 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 15: 58

Always think about what you are striving for, is it God, or is it everything else that is lesser.

Please join me in prayer.

“I come to you, my God, with a grateful heart.  Thank You, O Lord for surrounding me with your unconditional Love and Divine Acceptance.  Thank You, O Lord for showering me with all your sacred blessings.  Please open my heart so that I am truly grateful for all that you have done, are doing and will do, now and forever.  I am grateful for the willpower that You give to me.  I am grateful for the ability to be determined and strive towards You.  I am grateful that You have strengthened me.  I am grateful for Your Forgiveness.  I am grateful for Your Love.  For all these things – Thank You, O Lord.  Amen.”

Please meditate and listen to God.

Peace be with you.

 

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