“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”Jesus in the Gospel of Thomas, Saying #70
“A bird does not sing because it has an answer. A bird sings because it has a song.”Chinese Proverb
One day recently I watched a plump little bird sitting on a yaupon holly tree. It preened a bit, sat still looking out at the blue sky, and then started eating the bright red berries. With a quick motion the little bird would pluck one, swallow it, rest a moment, and then pluck another. I must’ve watched that bird for about ten minutes. It wasn’t singing, but I was sure it was getting ready to. I figured it was fueling up for what was next—a song, a flight, a meet-up with the flock. It was busy living the particular sweet life that is its own.
We too are called to do that. Sometimes we may feel like a randomly spinning widget rather than a cherished individual with a particular sweet purposeful life. Hearing God’s invitation to live the gift that is within us changes our trajectory. We come into this world rich with the gift that is ours to express. Its particular shape, energy, and all that is needed to bring it to fruition is planted in our soul. We are here on a mission—one that is always about growing in spiritual wholeness, and through that, shining light into the world.
We really aren’t here to find answers or to solve problems for ourselves or for the world. Singing our soul song lights us and the world with joy, beauty, and love. Paradoxically that is the “answer” we thought we should be finding. It takes courage to sing, to bring forth what is within us because it’s always going to sound a little different from anybody else’s. It feels risky. What if nobody likes it or resonates with it? But sing our song we must. Not being ourselves, not giving what is deepest and most true deadens us. And the world misses an exquisite beam of light. We fuel up for our mission by nourishing ourselves with God’s love as we pray, notice the harmony in the world around us, and forgive. Like the bird, we sing because we have a song.
In the Love and Light of the Christ,