MIDWEEK MESSAGE – July 10, 2024

The other day, I was looking through some videos when I came across my last talk in California. It was the talk I gave when I said goodbye to my beloved spiritual community at Unity of Orange County. 

I was so full of hope for the future that I was confident that leaving a place I loved and the people I loved was the right thing for me to do. Well, at least I sounded confident in the video.

In truth, the past 14 months have been nothing I envisioned.  Doors that I thought would open did not. Running to the other side of the country did not make the pain of losing Christopher any easier. Because of the lack of steady income, I did not end up in the home of my dreams with a dog by my side. Instead, I wound up in Connecticut, a place I have come to love even though it was not what I had imagined. 

Here, I have found a wonderful recovery community, yet recently, I realized something was missing, and it wasn’t a house or a dog. What is missing is a community where I can serve and connect with others on the same spiritual path as me. Although I do get to speak occasionally at a Unity church about 30 minutes away, my heart yearns for a deeper connection with such a community because I am a part of it.

I always say that God did not bring me this far to drop me on my head. If my life seems to lack meaning, it is up to me to spend more time devoting myself to being the person I was created to be.  Like all of us, we are each unique and put on this planet for a purpose, and unless we fulfill that purpose, we cannot truly feel like we are doing God’s will. 

What is that? The answer is still not clear, but I know it is not a house, a town, or even an animal companion; it involves devoting myself to creating a life with purpose and meaning by being of service in any way I can, anywhere I can. That is possible only if I remember I do not have to do it alone because as long I put God first in my life, I am never alone.

Quote of the Week

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

Mitch Albom

Leave a Reply