“…test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast.” (I Thessalonians 5: 21, Amplified Bible Classic Edition)
We are students in the laboratory of life. Through our experiences, we are given the opportunity to discover what is true and demonstrable and right for us. We gain a genuine recognition of and appreciation for what is good and lasting and beneficial.
We are not being asked in this passage to simply take something on faith. While trust is a beautiful thing, more is required if we are to be sure not only of the Truth of something but also of our own understanding of the Principle and its practicality in life. We must take whatever inspires us or what we are being taught, and utilize it, put it into practice.
And when we discover what does work—what brings us healing and happiness and a sense of purpose and productivity—to this we must stay loyal. We can come to realize and comprehend, even through trial and error, that God’s control is more freeing than personal control; that Love feels healthier and more productive than resentment, hate, fear, guilt; that a limited view of our life is not the reality of it and that we have access to more freedom. And then these truths we can trust and nurture, continue to practice and to love.
Let’s put our lives to the test. We are safe in God’s reality as we gain a deeper recognition of the magnificent Life we’ve been given and so to experience it fully, with awareness and gratitude, generosity and joy!
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