TOUCH of GENIUS

Consecration in some degree is involved in any sane or rational life. It is only the person who can forget himself, and become absorbed in some large aim or end of life, that can enter into the joy of living; and it is only the person who can thus forget himself in his work that can do anything well. … It is a great mistake to suppose that “consecration” is a word which belongs only in the religious vocabulary. It is the secret of everybody’s power. All work of every sort that has a touch of genius in it has come out of consecration, and it has come from somebody that forgot himself in his work.

Seven times over, in our Gospel records, Christ says, “He that saves his life shall lose it, and he that loses his life shall find it.”

The happy people are toilers, consecrated to difficult tasks, absorbed in doing things, finding their lives by sinking them in the world’s work and the world’s problems.

I want to keep continually in the foreground the fact that consecration must not be a mere emotional giving of life to causes. The things that matter most are (1) What you put your life into, and (2) What kind of a life you put in. … The very possession of a marked aptitude or gift is in itself a divine call, and carries with it a summons to service.

True consecration can never be reached by artificial methods, or by sheer effort. The life must be kindled by an inward passion for an end that is large enough and high enough to feed the life and draw it on.

In fact the highest consecration is, like genius, unconscious of itself. The person who is gloriously consecrated is so completely absorbed in the task he has to do, so interested working out the end of goodness which he has in view, that he is hardly aware that he is sacrificing his life to it.

 – Rufus Jones, The World Within, 1921


Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4
Revised Standard Version

 

Posted in Creation, Giving, Growth, Guidance, Reality, Receiving, Vocation, Work

HEALING SUN

All that Christ was and is still attracts the soul that sees it. If an eclipse dims or veils the sight of him for the moment, we may be sure that this warm, healing Sun of our life has not set. He is still there, and some of us continue to feel our hearts burn with his presence …

He cannot preach without our lips,
comfort without our help,
heal without our hands,
carry the truth without our feet,
remove the shadow without our faith and effort.
The invisible works through the visible,
the unseen and eternal operates through little instruments like us!

 – Rufus Jones, The World Within, 1921.


We look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen;
for the things that are seen are transient,
but the things that are unseen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:18
The Bible, Revised Standard Version.

Posted in Affirmation, Christ, Comfort, Healing, Reality, Silence, Truth

EVOLUTION

“Remember God must win us. We are his vehicles. He cannot lose us. He must overcome creaturely defect and obstinacy. He must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. Divine love is the spirit of evolution effecting the moral perfection of man. To resist divine love is like resisting the law of gravitation; the resistance may seem successful for a time, but the law wins in the end.
The mystic Christ will win us here or hereafter. To find him within us now, to let him conquer us now, to recognise him as Emmanuel God with us, God for us, God in us, is the secret and soul of spiritual progress. To pass through the painful puzzle of this life’s education calmly certain that, in all circumstances and conditions, an omnipotent all-wise Friend is ever desiring to rule our life, this it is to be vitalised, empowered, elevated.”

 – unattributed quotation, The Hollow of His Hand, by Ralph Waldo Trine, 1919.


It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem;
it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
(He responded to a question:)
“…The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me;
My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me;
and I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish,
and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
I and the Father are one.”

John 10: 22-23, 24b, 27 – 30
The Bible, Revised Standard Version

Posted in Atonement, Christ, Faith, Growth, Jesus, Listening, Love, Perfection, Reality, Trust

ONE LIFE

(Jesus) is a Divine manifestation in the flesh, a human being intensely conscious of the identity of his life with God’s Life, and through him and in him we may have access to the illuminating and vivifying Word. What more can any human soul need? The pure and lofty mind of Jesus, his deep and living spirituality, his irrepressible love for humanity, of which he was a part, his desire to make known God, and to impart to all the Divine Life and Light that were in him, is what lifted up those who intimately knew him to a higher stage of existence, and the same inspiring and elevating influence can be received by all who come into a vital sympathy with him in his true humanity today. He may become to us the highest mental and spiritual guide to health and happiness.

Faith in Jesus, not as a theological myth, … [but as] Christ, places the soul through the overflowing fullness of his spiritual being in communication with the unfathomed depths of the One Life.

And we are saved (or healed) through him not so much by his death as by the sphere of his life. When on earth, in his fleshly manifestation, those who came to him he directed to the One Life.

I look upon Jesus the Christ as the highest illustration in the history of mankind of a fully and harmoniously developed humanity.

 – Warren Felt Evans, The Divine Law of Cure, 1884.


And the WORD became incarnate,
and encamped among us
–and we gazed upon His majesty,
such majesty as that of a Father’s only Son
–full of beneficence and truth.
John 1:14

So out of His fulness we were all supplied,
with gift heaped upon gift.
John 1:16

The New Testament in Modern English
Fourth edition
translated by Ferrar Fenton

Posted in Atonement, Christ, Creation, God, Healing, Jesus, Life, Reality

HAPPINESS

Happiness is the natural and the normal.

Let us know that the best things are ours in proportion as we order our lives in accordance with the higher laws of our being.

It cannot be otherwise than well that we find the Kingdom while here; that we realise the reign of the Spirit, which is the reign of God in the mind and heart and life. … With life thus under Divine rule we are able better to preserve the true proportions of life.

There will be problems–there will always be problems. As desire, however, leads us to subordinate all things to this Kingdom of the Divine rule, and as will keeps us true to that desire, there come continually clearer perceptions through the leadings of the Spirit–the Holy Spirit of which the Master spoke through which new insights and powers are awakened within; and there comes a fortitude of the soul that enables us to meet with calmness, and effectively to deal with each problem, as it comes.

There is a help in connection with the way that the Master has shown us … It is the method or the practice that he made use of so frequently himself, whereby he was enabled to sense and to find the way, which, when he found, he revealed to us. So many times, we are told, he went alone into the mountain to pray to commune with the Father. It is these quiet times alone, in communion with our Source, the Reality of our being, in communion with the Father–my Father and your Father–as Jesus taught us, which constitute effective and valuable prayer. Surely this is what he meant when he said:

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret;
and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
(Matthew 6:6)

It is thus that the deeper perceptions of the mind and spirit are awakened and developed. It is the greatest privilege or gift that we humans have.

A great secret of life, therefore, is to go daily into the mountain to pray, and then to go down to do each day a man’s or a woman’s work in the world. As is revealed to us, so we can reveal. As we receive, we can give, and we must give–thus we serve. It is in this way that life flows along in a satisfactory and a useful manner here, and we are ready in a natural and a normal way for whatever lies beyond. Thus do all things work together for good for those who love the Good–and the way of the Christ is the highest that we know.

 – Ralph Waldo Trine, In the Hollow of His Hand, 1919

Posted in Asking, Christ, God, Guidance, Heaven, Inner Life, Jesus, Life, Listening, Prayer, Receiving, Silence

MASTER LIGHT

God is the master light of all our seeing.

That is, the light by which we see God and spiritual things is a light which comes from God, just as the light by which we see the star comes from the star. In God’s light we see light.

(Jesus, from the Beatitudes in the Bible:) “The pure in heart see God.” … These words of the Master carry us directly away from a religion of externals to a religion which is inward and vital, and which deals at once with life and character. … The religious teacher must be a spiritual oculist whose business is not to furnish light, but to tell men how to remove their cataracts and to adjust their sight; for, behold, God is always visible the moment the inward eye is clear!

 – Rufus Jones, A Dynamic Faith, 1901


How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.
O continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your salvation to the upright of heart!

Psalm 36: 7-10
Bible, New Revised Standard Version

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Jesus:
“Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.”

Matthew 5:8
Bible, New Revised Standard Version

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MINE

Our preciousness, uniqueness and individuality are not given to us in clock-time–our brief chronological existence–but by the One who has chosen us with an everlasting love, a love that existed from all eternity and will last through all eternity.

– Henri J. M. Nouwen, Life of the Beloved


I [the Lord] have called you by your name,
you are Mine.
(“Mine” is the “name.” – mjd)

Isaiah 43:1b

Posted in Affirmation, Creation, Eternity, God, Love, Reality