Saturday, March 12, 2016

What's really inside?

The true state of the *human heart (and condition) is often not evident until everything that we depend on to gain a sense of meaning and value is stripped away.

What surfaces emotionally when you're really cold, really sick, really tired, really hungry, totally alone or any other state of extended deprivation? 

What if you also find yourself in one (or possibly several) of these conditions with no hope of relief? What surfaces then? (think Job)

Whatever it is... fear, anxiety, anger, complaining, whining etc... that is who you really are; the real you.

We all do well when things go well. It's when they go wrong that we find out what we're really made of.

When everything is stripped away it becomes very evident that we are totally dependent (our true state of being) and very rebellious and rather miserable (our true condition) creatures, who are often ungrateful.

* I am making the distinction between "heart" and "condition" suggesting "heart" addresses who we really are; our being creatures dependent on our Creator and "condition" with those circumstances we find ourselves in that create pain and suffering (resulting from the fall) which brings to the surface what's in our heart. Maybe too fine or unclear a distinction?

Feedback is always welcomed. Nothing I post is final simply because I know much of our (my) heart is hidden from us (me), which in turn, effects our (my) thoughts and ability to see clearly.

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