One of my older brothers once told me the person he sees in the mirror is not the person looking into the mirror.
That sounds like there are two of us, a body and a spirit.
My spirit/soul/self doesn't feel old, in fact spiritually I can run all day and not even breath hard. It seems like as our body ages this separation becomes more apparent.
I mean when you're a kid you can run all day so to speak. This me, and my body, are separate but united. Our soul, or self, is housed
in a mortal body that was born and will grow to a peak then deteriorate back into the dust it was before being created. The self; something you cannot touch or see but it's there. That spirit living in this physical body directing our every move.
It constantly processes surroundings. distributing feelings and motivating us into action. A question is where did this self pick up the information needed to do all this. Suppose we were genetically endowed with a good number
of character traits but the rest had to come from the environment we are growing in. This friend of mine is a talker and knows it. He once told me that he started talking at a very young age and
the first thing out of his mouth happened when he was taken from the womb. He said he looked at the Doctor, who at that
moment was upside down, and said "Hey Doc, how you doing". This other guy I know is very quiet. I think he walked in through
the back door because he does far more listening than talking. Anyway we could write a book about the infinite number of variables
we have. Well God says we are all uniquely made.With over seven billion of us on the earth today and the unknown number that have been here
before us, I think we can say trying to figure out the differences is a total exercise in futility - many philosophers have tried.
I'm sure they have hit the mark in many areas but they cannot build a sandbox for each one of us because they would be looking at you
from their perspective, not yours.
Environment; I don't know when the word cropped up but I do believe it is a good one to use here because each one of us is a product of our own.
Those places where our foot prints have been, both physically and spiritually; from that first step until now, processing interacting and reacting
to the many variables we are faced with every moment. Of course all that processing is based on what we know.
The Philosophers get into the self and try to explain the whys. It's still unknown. Just as each particle of sand on the
beach is unique so are we, and our thought process is a part of it. Sure there are many times when we can reach the same conclusion.
One of those; yes we are on the same page things. What about good and evil, which we all inherit and nurture in one way or another. Who
decides which is which, well we do and it's all a part of the whole person. The good and the bad. Over the years I have read and seen documentary's about people that are financially doing well, some more than others. On the outside
they make it appear as if everything is just great but within themselves acknowledge that something is missing. Some even identify it as a lack of inward joy and happiness.
He then goes on to write "I the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, According to the results
of his deeds." Your deeds, most would take that as needing to work your way into the grace of God; not true. Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:14 From the (NIV) "The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the
Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit". Eugene H. Peterson authored what he calls The Bible in Contemporary Language and titled it "The Messenger". (for what it's worth I highly recommend it).
Reading from "The Messenger" Colossian 2:8-9 "Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk.
They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of
human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that's not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you
can see and hear him clearly. You don't need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of
the universe without him."
Reading from "The Messenger" 2 Peter 1: 3-4 he wrote "Everything that goes in a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us
by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received."
The Apostle Peter in his second letter, chapter 1:5-8 wrote (From the NIV)
"Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence,
in your faith supply moral excellence,
and in your moral excellence, knowledge,
and in your knowledge,
self-control, and in your self-control,
perseverance, and in your perseverance,
godliness, and in your godliness,
brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.
For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor unfruitful
in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I have to unpack one of these for you; Love. It is in 1st Corinthians 13. Here's the list of what Love is.
Love is patient
Loved is kind
Does not envy
Does not boast
Is not proud
Does not dishonor others
In not self-seeking
Not easily angered
Keeps no record of wrongs
Does not delight in evil
Rejoices with the truth
Love never fails
When a person accept Jesus Christ as his personal Savior he receives the spirit of God.
That's where the new life begins. Satan, the devil who has really influenced things up to this
point is very upset because he knows you are not only that natural person any longer. You are
now equipped to detect his flanking movements into your life, and believe me he is a tricky snake.
You will no longer have to depend on your own thoughts. You can now bow to God and seek His guidance. Do not expect His answers to necessarily come the way you expected but they will.
Just stay tuned to that spirit you now have.
Read the Bible. That to me is our owner's manual.