Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
How many people do you know who’re truly happy? We’re trained to look and listen superficially. We’re not trained to listen deeply to the story of our own soul or the life of another. Most people – in the midst of their busy life – simply go with the flow. Our monetary system is simply one component of a larger system of influence and meaning-making. The church, government, education, sports and entertainment are all part of this system of meaning-making. This system of meaning-making influences what most people think, say and do. This influence is at work even in the approach they take to rebel against the system. The foundation of true rebellion is never an outer struggle. True rebellion is first an inner transformation.
What is inner transformation? Worthy inner transformation is a commitment to compassion. Compassion is a willingness to honor the suffering and struggles of ourselves and others. Inner transformation can happen in an instant. More often inner transformation is a slow process. The process comes through small acts of mindfulness – learned through steps forward and stumbling backward – that eventually usher in a new and beautiful reality. Before lasting outer change can take place inner transformation must occur? The key word in the last sentence is “lasting”. There are of course some ills – such as slavery or other forms of abuse – that are so vile that an immediate response is needed. Still, parallel to any fight against injustice must be a diligent and ongoing work of inner transformation. The most radical transformation happens within hearts and minds. It’s more popular to rage against the problems outside than to transform our lives from within. Let the inner transformation begin. Enjoy the journey.
anthony glenn miller
Godlessness in the Last Days
You must understand this, that in the last days distressing times will come. For people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid them!
2 Timothy 3:1-9