I think that each of us goes through a period of questioning in our lives, where we are trying to discover what it is that we really believe. Do we believe that there is a higher power out there? Do we believe that we are alone? Do we believe that there is meaning and purpose for our lives? We wonder what we are here for and what all of the experiences that we are having actually mean?
What I think we are actually wondering, however, is where does meaning come from and why are these things happening? How many of us have asked the question... If God is real, then why do we have cancer, or murder, or natural disasters? I remember as an 8 year old, wondering why God did not grant me what I had asked for when my aunt was sick and ended up passing away. For years, I struggled with the idea of God doing things for me, to me, against me, and around me. I had seen God as flipping a coin and choosing who lived and who died, who got sick and who got healed. I had seen Him as something that He was and still is NOT.
There are two worlds that we see. We see our world, the one that we created out of our fears and out of the meaningless that we assign to things. And, we can open ourselves up to see the real world, the one that God actually created out of love. The world around us is the outer world, the one that we try to make into our reality. Beneath that, the world that exists as our inner world, that is the world that matters. It is what we create in our minds that shapes the meaning of everything out in the world. Our world, our real world, was designed to connect us to everything and everyone around us. It was designed to lift us up, to help us stand on our own, to reveal the power that was given to us.
It is the world of the ego, perpetuated by lack and blame and discord that we see as our outer world, though. After my aunt passed away, and after a decade of questioning, I finally found my peace in truth. God did not take my aunt away. God did not give my aunt to me. God was not and is not there as a vending machine in the sky, nor is He there as the great judger who rains down His wrath on us on earth. God created us with the power to create. He created us with the ability to choose the truth or to choose the lie. What we choose is up to us.
When we realize that our meaning is NOT in events, that God is not there to do for us or against us, that we were wonderfully made to create, then we find fulfillment. We are the meaning that exists. Our inner world, the one where we assign meaning, that is the world that creates our outer world. I choose to define myself! I choose to create! I choose to be connected! In God's creation, all things are one. What do you choose? God did not create a meaningless world. Instead, God created us to create meaning in this world.
To Your Success,
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.