Remaking Ourselves….

November 23, 2012

As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world — that is the myth of the atomic age — as in being able to remake ourselves. — Gandhi

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood  behind me.  — 1 Corinthians 13

Looking back on my life Gandhi’s quote above inspires me with its wisdom and the second quote from the Bible mirrors the same message.  Being able to see the circumstances and the facts and then making changes is where the greatness lies.
This seems to be a very tough message in today’s world where gridlock and stubborn instance of being right is the norm. There are just too many in the world who are consumed by their current worldviews  and are totally unwilling to even consider that they just might not have all the answers.

Of course the obvious current examples of this are in the political realm but this conditions is also rampant in our religious institutions and many other areas. Many seem to be locked in their “black and white” world unwilling to see any shade of grey. When we fixate on our current positions we stifle any enlightenment we might encounter in life and that precludes the possibility of remaking ourselves.

When I was young I pronounced myself to be a Republican and proudly cast my first vote for president for Mr. Nixon in 1968. As I grew older my worldview gradually moved off of myself and I became more aware of the challenges others face that I did not. In other words empathy began to swell up in me. As that happened I naturally migrated from the GOP to the Democratic party. My first vote for a Democratic president was Walter Mondale in 1984.  This was just one of the examples of remaking myself through wisdom and personal experiences.

The above would not be the last time that I remade my worldview.  When I finally came to the realization that churches today are more like country clubs than they are about following the words of Jesus my worldview changed again.  Each church denomination, and there are over 39,000 denominations, demands that you fall in line with all that they “believe” about the God but few actually practice being what Jesus taught us. This difference between believing and being was another point in my life where my worldview changed radically. I no longer call myself a Christian as that name has just been polluted too much in today’s world; I now simply say I am a follower of Jesus Christ. So now I try to “be” what Christ told me to be and put believing things about him that others dictate to me on the back burner. That is where the focus of my life currently resides.

These two life changing remakes in my life have had serendipitous effects.  I am now happier than I have ever been. It took considerable personal remaking but I finally found my place in this world.