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September 27, 2013

It takes courage to live in this world. Growing awareness of material world truth, when perceived by the lost human mind, causes fear, disappointment, trust betrayal, and hurt; as if always before you were blind. Did you ever wish that you had not gotten to know someone so well, because after you did you were horrified? Well, I believe the awareness of truth is to be treasured, but not as an end in itself. I believe the awareness of the truth of this human world is intended to turn us toward the light of higher truth. In other words, as we become aware of the shocking realities of the material world, we are supposed to turn our eyes to God. In Christianity there is a wonderful old hymn that my mother loves to sing, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” and the Refrain of this song has some powerful wisdom. The second half of the Refrain says “And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the Light of his glory and grace.” My interpretation of this is that when we turn our focus to God, then the troubling things on this earth will fade away, being replaced by the hope, love, joy, and peace of the spiritual perspective. I also believe that the troubling things we become aware of are intended to turn our focus away from material world things and redirect them to spiritual things. So, rather than being afraid, disappointed, untrusting, or hurt; we can use these experiences as prompts to turn our focus to God. Make sense? So, when something terrible-seeming happens, turn your focus to God and look at it as a blessing in disguise (it got your attention and redirected your focus). This reminds me of a song I wrote and recorded, Blessing In Disguise which, on a material world level speaks of how Bethany Hamilton’s shark attack was such a blessing; and on a spiritual level how obstacles turn our focus toward the light. This track also features Bethany Hamilton, Alana Blanchard, and Sherry Jackson Pruitt on BG vocals. It takes courage to live in this world.