Dare to be Different

It takes courage to be different. Most people go with the flow – that’s what dead fish do, or so they say! It’s easy to follow the crowd, only to discover that they’re going in the wrong direction. For the more spiritually minded there is another way.

On our journey through life, we may sometimes catch a sense of the divine presence like a scent on the breeze, an unexpected and awe-inspiring glimpse of an almighty Creator, with a deep love for all He’s created. How easy it would be to leave it at that – just a glimpse – but we mustn’t allow ourselves to be so easily satisfied. The ancient scriptures say it is the one who seeks with all their heart, who finds a very special prize: an eternal relationship with the Divine; unearned, unmerited, but given freely by the love of God to those who seek Him*.

So how do we seek someone who is invisible to the human eye? How do we connect with One who is above and beyond our earthly selves, yet cares so much? Meditation is a good way to start. Not the type of meditation where you empty your mind and let just anything in. You wouldn’t leave your front door open for strangers to camp out in your lounge, especially if you live in a big city. No, the best meditation focuses on something good. In the ancient book of Psalms, the Psalmist writes about meditating “on your unfailing love,” “on your mighty deeds,” “on your promises” and “on your wonderful works.” So how do we start? Try this spiritual exercise plan. Here are four simple rules to follow:

Choose somewhere comfortable, and a time when you won’t be disturbed – put your phone on ‘silent’. Be still. If thoughts interrupt, leave them with your Creator. If necessary write them on a notepad to deal with later.

Recognise you are in the presence of the One who is wholly pure, the One who has known you from birth, who knows you through and through, and yet who loves you deeply. His name is Yeshua, the Holy God, and He* wants you to know Him.

Take a Bible, and choose a passage, perhaps from John’s life story of Yeshua (Jesus), known as John’s Gospel. Talk to Yeshua about what you read. (Matthew’s Gospel and the Psalms are other good books to browse through. Alternatively meditate on these Wise Words from the Ancients.) Then, before you finish ...

Tell Him about the things that are on your mind. Ask his help. You will find He is interested in the smallest details, and He is even more interested in helping you become the person that you were always meant to be.


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* For more on the nature of God, see our FAQ's.


‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.'


Yeshua the Messiah

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