October 30, 2012 by vicariouslythroughwords
Being on a plane makes you think, it can make you pretend you can be someone else for a time. A time where being the you, you are in the real world isn’t important. What is important doesn’t really apply because expectations aren’t there. Surrounded by people you don’t know or who have any expectations of you. People who don’t know your history or how successful or unsuccessful you might be. They have no clue if you have loads of friends, no friends or a family who loves you or the kind whom you’ve never received the love you deserve. Sitting in the cramped seat next to someone you will most likely never see again, all you have to do is be . . . and you get to fly.
Flying is freeing, it’s an escape of the world. You get freedom from the mundane routine of ordinary life. The routine of having to be who you are expected to be and being responsible for what is important to who ever you are “supposed” to be.
I know this feeling because it’s not always or only on a plane. The problem of recovering it is what makes it hard to uncover. It’s extremely attainable only I forget or lack the persistence of attaining or maintaining it. It takes discipline, the kind of discipline I’m typically short on. The good thing is I don’t guess I truly believe it has to only be discipline to obtain; I’ve simply been forced to believe it is.
To be free, to truly be free, I can’t feel chained and for me to have discipline is far to chain heavy. I don’t want to sink so I CAN’T wear the chains I’ve been told I have to have. I think, believe and know that love is stronger than discipline and love is free and weight lifting.Love is like flying and that is what I want. To be me, freely flying because I am loved and I give love and desire to have plenty to give to ALL in whatever capacity I have.
When Jesus traveled through out the land he drew crowds of people who came to listen to him or to get a glimpse of the man they heard rumors about. I assume a lot of the people who came to see or listen to Jesus were people just like me. Tired of, confused by, questioning most, doubtful of the many “rules” that in order to follow Yahweh we are to comply to. Now the rules or laws they (Jewish people or how Jesus puts in the Gospel of Mark; “people of Israel”) had to follow are a tad different than the ones placed on Christians today.
They were not only following the law that Moses brought down from Mount Sinai, which only consisted of 10 laws. There were numerous amounts of laws they had to follow. In my search to see how many laws (because I tend to Google everything) I found this website called Judaism 101. Under a tab titled “Deeds” I found a link to Jewish Law. In that article it said there were over 600 mitzvot (commandments). WOWZA that’s a crazy amount of rules not only to have to follow, but remember. That’s an amazing amount of discipline one would have to have, I’m just blown away by those obedient to the law. Not that they are or were crazy for doing it, but they are so committed to something I can’t even wrap my head around.
In the Gospel of Mark chapter 12 there are people whom I like to think of as smartallics debating with Jesus. They obviously weren’t convinced of this Jesus dude being who people said he was so they were putting him to the test with one question after another trying to catch him mess up. Below is Mark 12:28-30 in both the Common English & the Message version, read one or both or look it up in whatever translation you choose. I tend to read scripture in several versions because I don’t always or maybe ever get it on the first read. (Test questions in school would have gone much smoother for me if they were rephrased in several ways like scripture.)
Mark 12:28-36 (Common English Bible)
”28 One of the legal experts heard their dispute and saw how well Jesus answered them. He came over and asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?”
29 Jesus replied, “The most important one is Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord, 30 and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your mind, and with all your strength. 31 The second is this, You will love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.”
32 The legal expert said to him, “Well said, Teacher. You have truthfully said that God is one and there is no other besides him. 33 And to love God with all of the heart, a full understanding, and all of one’s strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself is much more important than all kinds of entirely burned offerings and sacrifices.”
34 When Jesus saw that he had answered with wisdom, he said to him, “You aren’t far from God’s kingdom.” After that, no one dared to ask him any more questions.”
Mark 12:28-36 (The Message)
”28 One of the religion scholars came up. Hearing the lively exchanges of question and answer and seeing how sharp Jesus was in his answers, he put in his question: “Which is most important of all the commandments?”
29-31 Jesus said, “The first in importance is, ‘Listen, Israel: The Lord your God is one; so love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’ And here is the second: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ There is no other commandment that ranks with these.”
32-33 The religion scholar said, “A wonderful answer, Teacher! So lucid and accurate—that God is one and there is no other. And loving him with all passion and intelligence and energy, and loving others as well as you love yourself. Why, that’s better than all offerings and sacrifices put together!”
34 When Jesus realized how insightful he was, he said, “You’re almost there, right on the border of God’s kingdom.”
After that, no one else dared ask a question.”
I love this side of Jesus; putting people too smart for there own good that won’t ever shut up or those who claim to know everything and clearly don’t, back in their place. Loving the one and only Lord as a law and loving everyone else like I selfishly love myself, in my mind is way more tangible than memorizing over 600 laws and having to carry them out to the letter.
As I wipe my brow in relief, I must still be reminded that this isn’t going to come easy. Love is complicated as well as easy. Even so it still brings me hope. Hope that the chains of the “Christian rules” that our society or the Church (the Church as a whole) are putting on us as followers of the risen Lord, aren’t anywhere near to what I am commanded to do as the most important. In our society I’ve been told I “have to” read the bible at a certain time of the day everyday with out fail as if reading the bible any other time of the day is irrelevant and doesn’t count. Or if I miss a day or a few days I’m a goner and might as well renounce my faith. Am I going a little overboard, well sorta kinda. I am very sarcastic and I hope you can pick up on that. However, the way people make this out to be can sound as harsh. I see Christ’s words of direction for life are not to make one feel guilty. Christ’s every action was out of love for us, not to condemn or call us out.
I want to feel like I do when I’m flying on a plane, FREE. I don’t want all the judgments or the constant expectations of the world. No, I don’t want to always be surrounded by strangers cramped in a tight place that smells. I want to feel like I’m freely soaring through life with out the weight of the do’s and don’ts. Mother Teresa said it best, “If you judge people, you have no time to love them.”
I am not excluded from judging others because I will be the first to say that I am just as guilty in that department. However, I’m working on it so others can feel like they are freely flying too.
Great I AM, you are the only Lord. You are the reason that I breathe each day and the force at which I am able to love. I want to love you far more than I can express in words. So let my every action be a reflection of the love I desire to give. In every action Lord, help me to love everyone as much as I selfishly love myself. Amen.