When we are very young, we don't see that there is anything wrong with us. We haven't been taught by society or religion that we are inferior and in need of salvation. As babies, we are happy to be alive, to see our parents, to eat our favorite food and to have people try to make us laugh. As we grow, we begin to be told that we were born as sinners and are separated from the love of God. We are then told that we have to try to figure out how to be worthy while being told that we will never be worthy. To make matters worse, advertisers have gotten in on the game. They bombard us with messages that are designed to convince us that we can't and shouldn't be accepted by others the way that we are. We need the new headphones / shoes / jeans / music / car to be accepted and acceptable. And then to take it a step further, the drug companies help to convince us that we are sick and in need of a chemical "magic potion" in order to be better. There are legitimately people who need medical and pharmaceutical help, but there are more and more people who are turning to "better living through modern chemistry." This push is due in large part because of the belief that we are unworthy.
It seems that we have salvation on one side of the canyon and miserable sinners on the other side of the canyon. We get close to the edge, and can't really see over, but we have been told stories our whole life about how bad it is, and how far the fall is. We know we can't risk getting close to the edge without a secure bridge to get us to the other side. We are looking for that sure bet on how to achieve salvation and beat the belief that we are miserable and unworthy sinners. Every time we start to move toward the edge, the bridge seems to disappear. We search and search and fall backwards into believe that we will never make it, and the discipline ourselves to try yet again.
What if there never was a canyon of deep, dark, despair? What if the reason we can't ever get right to the edge is because there is no edge? What if we only see a projection of what we want to see and have been conditioned to see as we peer into the distance? The truth is that the bridge to the other side, to that holy place where salvation resides, has nothing to do with a physical or even a metaphysical bridge. It has everything to do with the realization that you and God are connected at the most fundamental level. You were never and could never be separated from God. The bridge to salvation is the acceptance that you are loved just like you are, just as you are. When we accept that God is alive in us and we are made up of the fundamental stuff that is everything, then we begin to live our lives differently.
We are no longer seeing ourselves as wretched creatures. We see ourselves as a light to the world and to ourselves. Our bridge is our belief. It isn't something to attain. It is, however, something to accept and know. Your life becomes infinitely better when you choose to accept that you are already loved and accepted. You don't have to earn it. You do have to accept it. Claim your salvation!
To Your Success,
Jody N Holland
I am accepted
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.