December 29, 2016
Rising Out of the Ashes: Dying to Your Self
Have you ever seen or known someone who had to start their lives all over again? Maybe it was you who had to start your life anew; not because of choice but because of circumstance. A devastating fire or a nasty divorce are just two examples of having to rise up from out of the ashes.
Whether it was experiencing an unexpected death of a loved one, ending a painful relationship or losing the security of a job, every human being experiences loss. Looking over your shoulder, do you recognize that you did, in fact, survive? You may not have loved what was happening at the time, but the more time that passes, the less raw it feels. Life goes on; you go on.
Rarely do we as human beings see an ending as a new beginning. We may have a knowing that this is a possibility; but putting it into practice takes a deeper understanding. It wasn’t until after Jesus’ resurrection that new life took place. He had to die to himself before the miraculous took place. He had to leave behind his humanness to resurrect from spirit.
Where in our lives can we die to ourselves and resurrect our own spiritual nature? Is it in the egoic way we relate to a sibling; every time we are with them we become our four-year-old selves? What’s possible if we stood in new life and new creation with them, as our adult selves without our old mindset and perceptions of them?
Is it in the hectic and harried ways we run our lives? If we simply slowed down and allowed a breath, would the world still revolve? What new creation is possible if we shed the label of “busy” for a few hours or simply a day? Does the possibility of being present with our children in the moment (as time seems to escape us) sound enchanting?
When life’s variables and the unknown come upon us, it’s important to take some time; time to accept, adjust, and then embrace. Embrace the new thing which can sometimes rise up from the ashes. It is possible that the very thing that hurt you will be used for your or someone else’s good.
How many times have ministries and foundations come from tragic happenings? How many times do lessons learned from unhealthy relationships allow you to go forth and teach others how to heal?
God covers us with His mighty grace and sets an example of how we too, can rise up from the ashes of our lives and die to ourselves once again.