IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT WE BELIEVE!!! Believe it or not. That doesn't matter either. What matters is what we do. What matters is how we live our life. Believe anything you want as long as it enables you to do what is needed, what is called for, when it is needed, where it is needed, the way it is needed, moment-by-moment in each situation as it arises all your life long. When people ask me if I'm a Christian, I say, "Unconditionally!" And go on to explain that by saying, "That means no strings attached, no conditions to be met, no expectations to live up to, in a word: No Theology!" Of course, they protest: "But you can't be a Christian without theology!" And, of course, I reply, "Of course you can. Jesus didn't peddle theology. He told people what to do: Love your enemies. Love your neighbor. Love one another. Love yourself. No theology. Believe whatever you feel like believing. Just do what is called for, when it is called for, where it is called for, the way it is called for, and let that be that." People like theology because they can talk about it without doing anything. But when something needs doing, there is no talking about doing it. There is only doing it or not doing it. No talking allowed.
We are never more than a slight perspective shift away from seeing all things new. It is all an optical illusion. We are looking at it like this and we need to look at it like that. Whatever is is what we say it is. What we say it is is a function of how we are looking at it. If we sit with it, looking at it, wondering what else is there, how else we might see it, what different ways of interpreting it we can come up with... we create cracks in our construct where the light can shine through. We are thinking about it like this and we need to think about it like that. Write down how things are, and ponder the list, looking for ways a new hermeneutic can transform your world. It is all right there, waiting to be seen. We have the eyes. We only need to start using them differently.
What does wanting know? It knows what it wants, but it doesn't know what it ought to want. It knows how to want what it wants, but it doesn't know how to want what it ought to want. It doesn't know what is worth wanting. What is worth dying for. What is worth going to hell for. Indiscriminate, uneducated, directionless, pointless, aimless, unending, everlasting wanting wanders through the wasteland of emptiness wanting everything, certain that what it wants is only one major purchase away. Freedom from our bondage to wanting is as simple as stopping it. Replace wanting with needing. What do you need to do what needs you to do it? What needs doing? What is called for in each situation as it arises? What are your gifts? Your specialties? Your virtues? Where are they needed? What is your life asking of you? What does your life need from you? Begin making inquiries. "What do you (your life) need from me here, now?" "How can I be of help to you, here, now?" Stop thinking about wants. Start thinking about needs. What needs to be done? What do you need to do it? A meaningful life is found in answering those questions throughout each day.