Cant Change Who I am, Just Trying to Get Better

A little background…. I went to a Christian school for 14 years during my formative years. On top of that I went to church damn near every Sunday for about19 years*. So it’s no surprise to me that even though I dont read the bible like that anymore, random bible verses pop into my head from time to time – much in the same way random lyrics do.

A week ago I was talking to a friend about the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. During this month, billions of Muslims refrain from eating, drinking and sex during the day light hours. The purpose of this abstinence is to bring the devout closer to their creator, an idea that is shared by holy people across different faiths including Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.

The Bible verse that popped into my head was 2 Chronicles 7:12-14.

“12 And the Lord appeared to Solomon by night, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have chosen this place to myself for an house of sacrifice. 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; 14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 15 Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. ”

Im not a religious person, but I do consider myself a spiritual person. I believe in a spiritual realm that simultaneously operates outside of and in conjunction with our physical world. And if Muslims around the world are using this month as a time to increase their spiritual acuity then I figured this would be a great time to do the same.

As I said, I am not a Christian, so when verse 14 says, “If my people” I take “my people” to mean anyone who is of like mind. No matter the religion. This verse is calling anyone who believes in this spiritual realm or even in the idea that we are all somehow connected on a non-physical level** to do something simple yet profound in times of crisis.

In our microwaveable-google searching world of instant gratification a month of self denial seems cogent. Our very way of life appears to be crumbling around us***. Wouldnt be the first time, wont be the last****, the heavens have been shut up, there is no rain and the locusts have been going ham!

Im not calling for anything big like fasting during the daylight hours *****, but something that you enjoy partaking in (think lent). I am giving up sugary drinks****** (long story) in conjunction with daily meditation and prayer. I lamented on twitter the other day that my meditation sessions have felt fruitless recently. I expect to not only be physically stronger by the end of this month but also spiritually recharged. Im actually really excited about this. This world aint gonna change itself, those who know have to start with themselves then maybe those who dont will have an example to follow. And maybe all this good will that we, the Muslims and whoever else wants to join, put out into the universe will give us the answers we seek to help us heal our land.


*We probably missed like 5 services in all that time

**Metaphysical maybe

***If you cant agree with anything else I said here please agree with me on that lol

**** I hope.  This could actually be the last time lol

***** Seriously is there any religion more devout than Islam

****** Already failed because Im an idiot. Drank a free smoothie yesterday, not stopping to think that there was juice in the drink. All I thought was “Oohhh free”. So my month actually starts today


One Response to “Cant Change Who I am, Just Trying to Get Better”

  1. No more purple drink Tony.
    Sugar free kool-aid?

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