A big part of the rest that works is allowing the meaning of our core beliefs to sink in.
For instance, as it sinks in that we are eternal souls created in the image of God, we realize some things. One is that we will exist after the occurrence of anything, including the worst of our fears. While there are many things that could kick us out of our body, no one but God could end us.
We will always exist in the next moment of "now." The main question is: "In what spirit?" If we think about it, the central question affecting any moment is: "What spirit is moving in me?" This is the core question of life. Being mindful to it as we go is part of the rest that works. Then we can make choices in keeping with the Living God.
There are 2 main sponsoring movements of spirit with which we tend to operate: condition-based fear or unconditional love. Since God is Love beyond our imagination, it always makes sense to seek to be grounded in God—the Wonderful Creative Spirit behind and within All of Life. There is never a moment in which grounding in the Living God is not best for us. This is why Jesus echoed the great commandment and it's corollary from Jewish tradition, "Love the Lord your God—the Great I AM—with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength" and "Love others as yourself." He was essentially saying: “Choose God and Divine Love as The Spirit with which you wish to move, moment by moment. Ask God for help in doing so. I came to seek to live this way with whoever wants (it’s actually the main goal for which we all came).”
This is why Jesus said, “Come to me all you who are heavy burdened and I will give you rest . . .” The Message version of this passage by Eugene Peterson goes like this:
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Matthew 11:28-30 (MSG)
This is the core inspiration behind Christianity. As we learn to live in alignment with the unforced rhythms of grace giving us life, we learn to fly with the Ever-Creative Holy Spirit. The true meaning of our core beliefs sinks in and we experience our greatest opportunity—living our lives in the powerful, uplifting current of Divine Love. As we come to rest in that current like an eagle doing little more than spreading her wings in an updraft, we experience the miracle that the rest that works is all about—the mystical power of God’s Love. We experience eternal or complete life—fulfilling life every moment we move with God’s Love wherever else we may be.
More power to you in stretching your wings and soaring in the eternal life God gives. Thanks for journeying together.
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