Posted by: Elizabeth Turrentine | August 18, 2013


“Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. In the same way, anyone who holds onto life just as it is, destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless with love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” The Message//Remix Bible John 12:24-25

As I was reading this yesterday during my “quiet time,” The words came clear to me in a whole new way. That’s the beauty of the contemporary language of Eugene Peterson’s translation of The Bible.

How many ways do we struggle along in our life, “just as IT is,” expecting, hoping it will change, be productive, happy, and fulfilling?

So, what is the answer? . . .

“Let it go, reckless with love.” (In other words, no struggle!)

“Let it go? Oh NO, not that!”

“This life is so comfortably familiar,” that little voice inside our heads screams. “I know what’s required to do it. It would take a great deal of effort to change. I have to go out into the hot sun, properly till the soil, plant the grain, and THEN continue to nurture it until it matures. And even then I can’t ignore it. It will need weeding, fertilizing, watering, and all the rest. I get tired just thinking about it.”

“I am not happy now,” the voice of reason counters.

The secret? Being “reckless with love.” We have at our core only two emotions: LOVE and FEAR. The answer to every question is LOVE. Love of ourselves, and love of others. Love of our experiences, love of beauty, nature, man made structures, whatever in our environment helps us feel better.

Fear is at the root of everything negative in our existence. We do learn some important life lessons from fear. Fear of fire, of oncoming traffic and trains, and the like. But as they say, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

If we are still alive, we’ve learned those lessons. So what is your excuse now for hanging onto the unhappiness, life as it is? What is that little lump of fear paralyzing you?
Be still and look at yourself until you can identify those fears that hold you back. Take a moment, and write them down.

Now think about your strengths: what you’re good at, what are the things, small or large, you like about yourself? What qualities have kept you alive, kept a roof over your head, and provided clothes to wear? Write these down as well.

Remember what we pay attention to and nurture, grows.

When you have answered those questions as honestly as you can; when you feel a bit less fear, and a little more love; go out there and start planting the seeds!


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