Thursday, September 26, 2013

On The Way To Your Destiny

In the movie The Last Samurai think of Katsumoto as King Arthur and his Samurai as Knights of the Round Table -- before the final battle with the Japanese Emperor’s army, Katsumoto (Ken Watanabe) asks Algren (Tom Cruise) a very important question:

Katsumoto: Do you believe a man can change his destiny?

Captain Algren: I believe a man does what he can until his destiny is revealed to him.

What do you do when you don’t know what your calling or destiny is? You do what you can, in the present.

Not knowing what your calling is yet is not a call to do nothing.

As I wrote in my last post, while all of us have a peculiar calling, a unique reason for our being here, there is one calling that we have in common: We are all called to seek justice, love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. (Micah 6.8)

In seeking justice, we maintain an awareness of and concern for the fundamental rights and needs of others. Broadly speaking, doing justly to others requires that we treat them with the dignity owed to fellow creatures of God’s. Each individual you encounter has been made in the image of God. (This includes Republicans and Democrats, Hindus and Atheists, Rich and Poor, Dog-lovers and Cat-lovers.) Combine this reality with the words of Christ, that when you have done something to or for “the least of these,” you have done something to or for Christ, and you will have a good place to start regarding seeking justice for all.

When we unpack the Hebrew word for “kindness,” we find words like mercy, benevolence, and faithfulness. Each of us is called to being kind and merciful to others. Every encounter comes with opportunities for demonstrating the fact that this particular individual has worth before God. Show him kindness. Show her mercy. Show them charity. In doing so you are showing them something of God’s heart.

We are all also called to walking humbly with God. Actually, Micah says to walk humbly with your God. Humility is rooted in your relationship with the Almighty. He is God; you are not. He is in charge; you are not. He is not simply, “God.” He is your God. Your life and all of its situations and events belong to Him and are to be lived before, under, and through Him. Whatever your calling turns out to be, it will be heard from within the context of this relationship.

Every worthy quest has within it the quest to serve God wherever you are on your journey. Two of the ways we are all called to serve Him is by seeking justice and being kind to others. Any Merlin worth his salt will tell you that if you aren’t serving God today, if you aren’t following after the call to do what you know to do in this moment, then you aren’t ready to discover your destiny.

Copyright, Monte E Wilson, 2013 

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