Episode 6 – You Are… (Soaking Prayer)

My dear friend… May you hear these words, for they speak of you and to who you are:

You are fierce, you are powerful, you are strong.

You are a force to be reckoned with.

Remember this: You are at your strongest when you are lifting the spirits of another. Remember, too, you are far more winsome, beautiful, intelligent, and resourceful than you think you are.

Far more so.

It’s never too late to live into the person God recreated you to be: His son (or His daughter); and it’s never too late, either, to be the warrior of lovingkindness and the awakened purveyor of goodness, gratefulness, and deep, everlasting happiness Jesus lived and died for you to be and become.

Sadly, most people in this life are asleep: Asleep in their mindlessness, their self-centeredness, their sickness and falseness, and their God-self-and-other-separateness–just as you and I once were. Lazily wandering through this Earth-life (and, in many ways, doing so by themselves), they stumble over one delusion after another, one craving after another, one crisis after another.

Awaken them!

Awaken them all by being who you are and by letting the weightiness of your happy, playful countenance point them gently to God our Savior–the One Who’s The Source of All Life, Wakefulness, and Gladness.

Death isn’t what’s sad, O dear one. What’s sad is that so very few people ever really live. Join God in helping those you love to awaken to the gift of life Jesus is to them. And awaken, too, to the precious life-gift they are to those around them.

Indeed, inside you, inside me, inside everyone are the seeds of world class greatness just waiting to sprout, grow, fruit, and flower. God planted them there. Let them be watered with life’s most blissful joys and its deepest heartaches; and let them be fertilized with life’s greatest victories and its most devastating losses. Why run from pain, O dear one, when God can use it to bring about such illumination, renewal, and whole-heartedness to you and to those around you? To be and become “joy incarnate,” you must first traverse the valleys of sorrow. While working to end suffering (and its sources), don’t run from it… or from them. Rather, stay put, and stay the course; you and everyone around you will be the better (and richer) for it.

May who you are, in all your God-given resplendence, be drawn forth by the loving-kindness of the One who not just sees and knows you thoroughly, but–like water in a sponge–dwells with you intimately and loves you through and through. To know you intimately is to love you. In fact, these two qualities, knowing you and loving you, are symbiotic: One cannot (at least in its fullest sense) exist without the other. God knows you thoroughly; He also loves you through and through. Open yourself up to others so they can know and love you, too. Everyone will benefit from this.

Don’t give up doing what you love; rather, mine the love in and from what you do. Remember this: It’s the great enthusiasms; the risky journeys; the soul-immersing searches, questions, curiosities, and heartaches–and not so much the temporal acquisitions–that spur genuine fullness.

Know this: In life, you’ll never be better than anyone else; in the same way, you’ll never be less.

In all things, and at all times, be happy; don’t be afraid to let others see you laugh or cry, or to let them feel the weight of who you are. May your light (tiny and dim as it may be) be a guide; may your roof be another’s floor; and may you have the kind of courageous, loving humility that inspires those around you to give themselves away to God, life, and those around them.

When you inspire those you love to “become love,” you inspire them to live out the greatest of all life-adventures: The ever-deepening experience of being known thoroughly and loved through and through by God Almighty and then responding by loving God back, loving themselves well, loving the people around them well, and loving God’s creation well—all at the right times, in the right ways, in the right spaces and places, and with just the right measures, pressures, and leverages. This is fullness, O dear one–a shedding of tears kind of fullness; and it’s a fullness no amount of earthly fame, fortune, power, or cultural influence can create. It is this integratedness of being–this transcendent uniting with Papa, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the whole of creation, that creates not just a life worth living but a life-giving legacy worthy of those created, crafted, and groomed by God to live–as His unfolding lights… as His unique image-bearers… as His lovers.

With lowliness of soul, O dear one, push forward–beyond your fears–and just be you. Go forth, and just be awesome.

Amen, and AMEN!!