Open Mind and Heart

Attachments are roadblocks on the path of life.

(Listen to my song “Breathe On Me” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 19:23-24

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Amen, I say to you, it will be hard for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

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The kingdom of God is the place of peace that is available at each moment inside you where the Great “I Amcommunes with you in the most intimate way.

All shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

That was the phrase English mystic Julian of Norwich reported that Jesus told her in a vision over 600 years ago.

But in today’s scripture passage, Jesus was telling his followers that the more material stuff you have…the harder it is to enter that place of wellness…that place of peace, love and compassion.

That’s because the more stuff you have…the more attention it demands.

The more attachments you have…whether they be possessions or power or prestige…the more likely you miss the kingdom of God which is so close!

As Jesus put it, “The coming of the kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the kingdom of God is among you.”

Those last words are sometimes translated as, “the kingdom of God is within you.”

I think the most addictive attachment today is the non-stop commentary of our own minds…the endless stream of thoughts that many people identify as who they are.

Observe your thoughts.

Who is observing them?

You…that’s who! It’s the real you.

Stop.

Let go.

Let the peace of God envelope you.

Live your life from that place.

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Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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