“A life well examined is a life that embodies peace,” Dr. Jenine Marie
Inner reflection is time well spent. When time is used to examine our lives for the harm, we might be responsible for; we have entered a place of mastery. It’s easy to blame others, leave things in the dark, or let things go and not deal with them. When time is used to find our wrongdoings in life and seek out forgiveness for those wrongs, we make room for new growth in our lives.
It is a lot like pulling weeds from a beautiful garden. Once the weeds are pulled, the garden is free for more growth, expansion, and beauty. We are that garden. Our inner spaces are just as important as our outer presentation. Taking time to seek out the weeds and pull them to the surface to deal with them is a labor of love. Once we have sought forgiveness for those moments that have not been so lovely, we are freeing up space inside us to expand and grow into a better version of ourselves.
Forgiveness shares space within divinity. Often, we think of forgiveness as something we do for others, but actually, it is what we do for ourselves. Sometimes we think we do it for God. God does not need for us to be forgiven but God wants us to be. Our lives can be as exciting as we can make it, but without forgiveness for our wrongdoings, we are not growing.
Do you want to get past all the past? Maybe you have not taken the time to examine the inner workings of your heart. Be honest with yourself. Have you forgiven yourself and others for what has happened in life? I believe our lives are entirely examined the moment we take our last human breath and move into only spirit. You might not think you need it. If you want more freedom, if life is not what you would like it to be, then you need it!
Do not waste another moment hiding in the shadows with your issues. In the light of God, you hide nothing. During this Day of Atonement or any day, examine your heart. Ask God to help you and to reveal any way in you that might be less than free because of the sludge of unforgiveness. Forgive yourself, forgive others past transgressions against you. You need not draw hurtful people back into your life, or even keep them. Just forgive them. Free up space in your garden. Stop looking and pointing out other’s faults or mistakes. Yours are worth looking at, and you are worth freeing!
Loving you from here,-
Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, PhD