being a good human at nautilus teachings

 

what is
unhappiness?
how do you
perceive a person
should look like
when they are happy?
who are you to judge?
label?
define?
inner joy
peace and happiness
is absolutely attainable
and looks different in
each and every face
you meet…
we don’t know peoples struggles
what their year has been like-
did they lose a loved one
are they fighting a battle
such as depression, anxiety,
alcoholism, drug addiction, abuse…
to name a few.
you
just
don’t
know…

Matthew 7:1-5
says,

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

so i ask you
as you sit in your chair
as you drive your car
swim in the ocean
ride your bike
work out at the gym
grocery shop
take care of your family
go to work
play with your dogs
is
your
life
so spectacular
that you wake up
every day
smiling
happy
glad to be alive?
can you and do you
go through your entire day
happy?
you never lose your temper
get angry
or frustrated
demand to much of others?

 

life throws at us continuous challenges
mountains to climb
bridges to cross
not
all
are
good
and if you have had a year
or two
or even more
of this,
parts of you
are going to be
exhausted
some of your fuses
may be extra short
you may even
shut down from
a life you love
just because
you
have
had
enough…

one can
seek inner calm
through prayer
meditation
exercise
eating healthy
a good nights sleep
you can go to a counselor
talk to a pastor
release it all on your
best friend
run till you fall down
crying up to God,
‘enough, already…
please stop…’
i turn to-

Matthew 7:7
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

my life has only
and will always
be safe and
saved, because
through faith
i know

Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.”

each day i spend
as much time as i need
in prayer with God
sharing everything
i know
HE
already
knows
but it is this release
of soulful search
that leads
me to
true happiness…

do you have a thorn in your side?
have you to much on your plate?
have you just been bombarded
with more that you wish?

what,
i ask of you
are
YOU
going to do?

take it out on those you love
cut them down with your judgments
not take the time to listen,
to ask the questions
of the people you love
who need you to hear their
truth?
do you think you already
know their truth?
what is it your fear?
your own failure
as a spouse
sibling
parent
friend ?

you
are
not in charge
of any
ONE
else’s happiness
except your own.
love yourself
fall to your knees
even it you have to do it
every hour
every day
for weeks…
seek out God’s
gentle calming hand
and hug of love
and when you,
yourself
shimmer like the calm ocean
inviting swimmers in
beachcombers to tickle their toes
along the shore
boats to float
fish to swim toward surface
dolphins to jump up
kissing the glorious sun
when the ebbing and flowing
have taken over inside
and you are ready,
reach out your hand
to the one you love
that is hurting
sad
anxious
depressed
in need of understanding
that
they are not alone
and you
along with your faith
will help them
navigate this chapter
of their one tiny life
that they just cannot
seem to turn the page on…

after all,
Jesus taught us,

John 15:12
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you…”

in other words,
just
be
a
good
human…