T.W.I. (1,153)

May 21st, 2011

To live a successful human life, I must be given things, find things and have things opened up to me. Without this, I begin to believe that giving is useless, some things just can’t be found and doors are slammed permanently in my face. This tends to make me neurotic, fearful and unwilling to participate in the masterful race.

Jesus said that the best method to be given things is to ask. We are reluctant to do this. Is it pride? Is it self-sufficiency gone amuck? I don’t know. But most of us would rather not ask, but instead, would just like to try. “Trial and error,” we call it. But might it be wiser to avoid some error by dodging trial—simply posing some well-worded questions which might lead us in a better direction?

“Try” is a mantra in our society—dare I say nearly a theology? We admire people who try. We don’t care if they do research, check things out or consider plausibilities. It’s why I hate the movie, “The Perfect Storm.” A bunch of guys on a boat decide to steer their ship into a storm so they can return their catch of fish to market. I not only consider that absolutely stupid, but perhaps the true definition of human evil. To have information and ignore it in preference to stubbornly trying is not using the better parts of our divine genetics. “Try” is no replacement for “ask.” And those who “try” are not normally given. I find them to be mostly frustrated.

This is why Jesus said we can “seek to find.” There is power in looking around to see if what you desire in life is already expressed in some other form, and then to learn from your findings. Not us! When we get through with our fit of trying and discover that things are not given to us, we generally select a profile of worry—about whether such revelation can actually be found. If you stacked up the moments of worry we expend in a year’s time and instead transferred half of that time into seeking, you would already have doubled your finance and tripled your happiness. Worry is not only an inert effort, possessing no engine, but it actually drains off all the initiative we have to believe in something better. Worry is no replacement for seeking, and those who try to insert that useless practice end up discouraged, often cast into the great pit of despair.

And finally, Jesus said that when you come upon doors that are closed—which you most certainly will—you should go ahead and knock. There is no reason to believe that a closed door needs to remain so. The only way you can be sure is to actually do the knocking and see if there is any response. But the human foible of “trying,” which lends itself to “worry,” culminates with the dastardly practice of improvising.

Yes, we tend to do the next thing that seems both convenient and available. We put round pegs into square holes. We screw the wrong light bulb into the socket. We force wiring that’s on sale into our car that doesn’t fit. We hope to beat the system of logic with improvisation—our own rendition of a newly-created reality. We drive all night to save money on a motel room, only to arrive exhausted and less than efficient to achieve a task which might have covered that motel room threefold. We improvise instead of knocking on the door. We see a door and because of our own insecurity, we assume that we are closed out, so we slink away to come up with a different plan that is neither fulfilling nor necessary.

Jesus told us to “ask and it will be given.” Instead, we want to try, without pursuing any additional information that might lighten our load.

Jesus told us to seek and we would find. Having failed at trying, we would rather worry about why things are not going the way we hoped. Worry not only does not generate anything—it saps all of our potential creative energy.

And finally, Jesus said, “if you see a door, knock on it. There’s a possibility it might open.” We would rather walk away from a closed door and improvise an inferior choice so as not to face further potential rejection.

Try, worry and improvise. These are the three choices of the world—an attempt to achieve what actually can only be received by asking, seeking and knocking.

It is another little piece of the philosophy of Jesus that has been rendered insipid by over-reading and under-comprehension.

Choose. It’s up to you . . . just the way it should be.

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