Friday, September 2, 2005

Stanley was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn't find a parking place.

Looking up toward heaven, he said "God, take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to church every Sunday for the rest of my life and give up drinking."

Miraculously, a parking place appeared. Stanley looked up again and said "Never mind. I found one."

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We've all done it - made the Almighty bargain, only to change the conditions of the negotiation when the situation changes. "My fingers were crossed." "You can't believe that I was serious?!" "Okay, best two out of three?" Almighty bargains made from the desperate and selfish heart...

We want the possibility of miracles to be true and yet, when they happen in even the smallest fashion in our life, we may quickly dismiss it away as coincidence, stroke of luck, or serendipity. We want the merchandise now without the responsibility of the end-of-the-month statement.

It is just my personal belief that the Grand Architect is not one that easily enters into deals, negotiations and bargains. Never has, never will and doesn't need to. We are each loved infinitely by the Grand Architect of our life, regardless of what we may do. We are understood and cherished by the Grand Architect of our life, regardless of the personal confusion that clouds our days. Does the Grand Architect need to enhance or further develop the relationship with us through deals, negotiations and bargains? No, it's unconditional. It's us that needs to further understand, enhance and further develop the relationship... but not through the weekly and daily quid pro quo ("this for that") bargains.

It is further my belief that the Grand Architect of our life doesn't want us to honor our "bargains" for His benefit, but rather for our own benefit. Had Stanley truly honored his bargain, it would have most likely changed his personal life. And the choice was his. He chose not to really honor the bargain, so the open parking place could only be chalked up to coincidence, stroke of luck or serendipity. And the choice is ours as well.

Feel free to make your bargain, your plea, your quid pro quo. But do yourself a favor and see your end of the bargain through, as much as humanly possible. You may be very surprised at the further outcome of your bargaining and choice, should you honor it. Who knows - coincidences, strokes of luck and serendipitous moments may even gradually take on a heavenly glow...

 
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