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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
Jesus came to his native place and taught the people in their synagogue. They were astonished and said, “Where did this man get such wisdom and mighty deeds? Is he not the carpenter’s son? Is not his mother named Mary and his brothers James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas? Are not his sisters all with us? Where did this man get all this?” And they took offense at him.
There comes a time when you have to leave.
It’s so easy to stay in your comfort zone where everyone knows their place and no one rocks the boat.
But if you stay, you don’t grow.
You wither on the vine and die.
After you are nurtured as a child, you must go off and embark on your own personal journey of self-discovery.
In reality, the true you is always there at your core.
But usually in order for it to emerge, you must leave all the old safe structures behind.
As Jesus put it, “No one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins” (Mark 2:22).
Usually you end up discovering deep truths that you never would have gleaned had you stayed in your comfort zone.
You grow and change.
Jesus discovered that when you return to your native place a transformed person, you likely will not be welcomed.
Those who have refused to change will take offense at you.
That is okay.
You are not here in this life to please others, but to please your true self and therefore to please the One who created everything.
All things are being drawn to the fullness of life, the Omega Point as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin put it.
Allow this Pull-Toward-Goodness-and-Wholeness to lead you.
Let the adventure continue!
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