Quiet Destiny Matters, Too. When our 24/7 media proclaim intense drama, does that mean a quieter life doesn’t count for much?
Maybe quite the opposite!
Today’s post was inspired by Blog-Buddy VALERIE. Writing about the Lin-Manuel Miranda aura reading, here’s what VALERIE added to our conversation:
I really enjoyed the description of his connection to physical reality as finding himself on a date with his destiny. How lovely.
Who wouldn’t enjoy such a discovery? An electrical sense that “This really matters.”
Granted to few people though, probably. That degree of “I know my purpose and destiny.” Or “Right now my world is turning on a dime.” Or “God really is my GPS, so every step I take is obviously sacred.”
Loud Destiny, Grand Importance
“Rose, how can you write such a thing?”
I can almost hear the “But-but-buts” coming from some readers. Especially those of you who’ve been influenced by any of the following:
- Success stories of performers, like Oscar winners. (Their rags-to-riches movies. And their victory speeches.)
- Mega-churches. The kind with ATMs in the lobby, to facilitate tithing. (Yes, that’s a real thing.)
- New Age emphasis on passion and finding your purpose. (Always a money-maker for Hay House publishing.)
Sex sells. Well so does flaunting the hope of “You have a grand purpose. God knows what it is. Once you know, too, your life will become fulfilled.”
Bestselling author Rick Warren even dangles this big, glittery dream… one step removed. Supposedly, God knew your purpose before you were born. First of all, find that.
Then, maybe, you can become as rich as the mega-church pastor.
Hmmm, how likely is that? More likely, Rick Warren has become rich by promising something unattainable. A kind of religious security. Like a spiritual guarantee that your human life has meaning. Something worth praying for and paying for, again and again.
Most of us score a quieter kind of destiny. And not as a punishment, either.
Because we don’t have handlers and dressers and a gazillion followers. Instead, we simply lead our complicated lives, one day at a time. Consequently we make our own choices.
And what we choose matters. Especially, what matters? What we do when it seems like nobody else is watching.
Have you ever had an experience of spiritual awakening? That isn’t Enlightenment yet. Rather a glorious step along the way.
However, even one minute of spiritual awakening can remind you…
Life matters, everyday life here at Earth School. Your everyday life really does matter. Not the flash and the splash of celebrity.
Ever Read This?
Clearly I’m no Bible scholar, but certain passages have stuck with me. And this is one of them:
But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen.
And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Gee, is no ATM there, in your closet? Don’t you have cheering crowds, perhaps as passionate as the entranced faces at a Trump rally?
Guess you don’t rate a really important destiny. (Kidding.)
Quiet Destiny. Such Beauty In That!
What if you have a quiet destiny, like me and most other people? What then? You might count it as a blessing.
Internal validation and self-authority can lead your way. Rather than big rah-rahs.
For me, two contrasting experiences illustrate this point.
To digress just a bit, Lecrae pointed out that wealth and privilege explain a lot about how Christians vote.
- Financially comfortable Evangelicals have the luxury of choosing abortion as their signature issue as Christians.
- While those who struggle financially pay more attention to something else. How Jesus talked about helping the poor, caring for people, helping others.
“Wow,” I thought! Especially since I’ve read the New Testament several times. Found plenty there about Jesus bringing a message to help other people, bringing kindness, even “love thy neighbor.” Found zilch about anti-abortion anything. Or hating homosexuals. Or any so-called “Rapture.” And especially, not a thing about worshiping him.
Anyway, back to Example 1 of 2…
Quiet Destiny Versus Public Destiny
Despite a great deal of wisdom, Lecrae veered into some icky terrain towards the end of his interview. Icky to me, that is.
He humble-bragged about how he shares everything about his struggles and pain. By showing his scars, he heals listeners. Supposedly.
Oh no! I don’t think that’s how effective healing happens in The Age of Awakening.
Instead, I think the pure-hearted gospel singer has gone a bit mega-destiny. Understandably, it’s hard to handle fame. Which you can read about elsewhere at this blog. Quite possibly, fame is the most addictive drug on the planet.
Carrying a noisy, public destiny? Sure can destabilize one’s sense of self!
By contrast, here’s Example #2
Because Important People Don’t All Have Big, Noisy Destinies
You and me, for instance. “Little people.” Whose lives are important to ourselves, and those whose lives we touch. Lives that can be beautiful in terms of spiritual evolution. Awesome, even, for making a very human contribution to life on earth.
I’m honored to share with you one of my treasured experiences. (Not one of my scars. Phew!)
Once upon a time, I was moved by a publication from “Joe,” a superb writer. Semi-famous. Not some big proclaimer of MY BIG, SHINY, SO-IMPORTANT DESTINY, LOOKEE HERE.
So I sent Joe a little email, just a paragraph. Expressing gratitude. Summarizing how Joe had moved me.
Really, nothing dramatic. You know, the kind of Aha! you might feel while in your inner room, your sacred chamber.
Shortly afterwards, Joe emailed me back. He told me that what I wrote moved him to tears. And he even concluded that this was one of the loveliest notes he’d ever received.
Why is it, Blog-Buddy, that a writer of such caliber doesn’t receive fan mail like mine on a daily basis?
While all around us, the fame machine grinds out massive and indigestible chunks of praise. So challenging for our hundreds of huge stars…
Doesn’t Joe, an acclaimed writer, have a big destiny?
Maybe not that kind of destiny. He’s not a household name, for instance.
Actually, from his email, I gather that Joe’s not that different from you or me. He has simply paid the price for his success. Lived each day as best he could. In the process he’s inspired me. And so many others. Even if they didn’t stop to send him adequate fan mail.
A quiet destiny? Not so shabby.