What Lies Within?

13 Jun

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are people who are obsessed with the past.  History is their thing.  They can quote dates and places and events of which most of us have no knowledge and no desire to know.  Anything about the past immediately grabs their attention.  Then, there are those who are always looking toward the future.  The past or present mean very little to them.  The future is their only concern.  What is going to happen, where are they going, how are they going to get there and what will happen after that is the focus of their lives.

Of course, we all know that it would be best for all of us if we had a good balance of the two.  We need to be informed by the past so that we could plan our future.  Learning from the past will prevent us from making the same mistakes over again.

However, the past, present, or future are all totally meaningless unless we know ourselves as completely as possible.  The richness of the past and the promises of the future mean nothing if we do not see, know, and embrace the wealth of who we are within.

God has created us in ultimate splendor.  Our souls are the image and likeness of God Himself. We often do not see that or acknowledge that.  Instead, we get lost in the “accidental” qualities of substance:  height, weight, skin color, et cetera.  If we are blinded to what is within because our focus is too much on what is on the outside, we will not be able to have the best relationship with God that we could possibly have.

FAITH ACTION:  Spend some time in silent prayer today and ask God to reveal to you all the beauty that He has created in you.