I happen to know that I know very little, despite what other people may experience when talking, working, or just being with me. It isn’t that I know a lot; it’s just that I know a very little well and am able (through life’s trial and error) to connect the dots. Puzzles and patterns are kinda my thing, and life is a big ole puzzle. Anyway. One thing that I DO know–or am at least learning–is that old bit of wisdom given to us by Solomon and solomonic scholars about TIME. To quote it, the actual saying goes like this:
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 KJV
As I sat in the car thinking (something I often do), I got stuck on the idea of “a time to kill.” Not literal killing (though the world at this moment seems to be taking the word as such). No, I was thinking of self, killing off the parts of you that keep you from moving forward.
In this year of 2017–a numerological 1–I want to encourage a real mindful moment. 1 represents new beginnings, starting over, God consciousness. And you cannot do this–start over–until you willingly die to the old stuff that binds you. It could be a myriad of things: old thought patterns, terrible habits, stagnant jobs, damaging relationships, horrible money management. Whatever it is, you have to push your way into killing it off so that something new and better can take root.
We’ve made a religious mess of it, but the entire actual message of the bible is simply that: dying to sin consciousness (as in bad patterns and habits that destroy you from the inside out) and taking on God consciousness (what we call the mind if Christ, reaffirming and growing the spirit man from which all perfect balance flows). Living solely from external stimuli will kill you, because the body can only judge and react to what it obtains through the five senses. The body is designed to protect itself, not think proactively in serve to higher calling and purpose. If your primary mode is sensory and emotional response, you can never achieve the life affirming, soul fulfilling destiny to which you were born.
In this year of new beginnings, it is a time to kill off and start afresh. Don’t let the year get too far off before you start the process. Every seed must die to what it is before it bears its fruit.