Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Shoulds

Haven't all of us done certain actions because we felt like we should? Where does this belief that we have to do something come from inside of us? It comes from a false self, a self that is constantly looking for affirmation that it even exists. When we do something because we feel that we should, it is as if we are earning points. We are being a "good" boy or girl, meeting expectations of others. Just as we believed as a child that we had to do certain things and meet the expectations of our parents, we carry that belief over in how we deal with God. We believe in a system of reward and punishment, that somehow we have to "earn" our place in the grand scheme of things. We believe that we have to earn God's grace. There are no shoulds. That is a false belief that you carry. God requires nothing of us, for if he did, He would be requiring something of Himself. We are fulfilling our role perfectly by being an expression of Him. And we do things out of joy, not out of obligation.

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