Paradox is defined as “a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth” (dictionary.com).
I was taught from a very young age that it is important to live in such a way that I gain God’s approval and love. I was also taught that I am a child of God and that God is Love and loves unconditionally. If the latter is true, why do I have to “gain God’s love?” God needs me to be a certain way before loving me? That is absurd!
So, which is it? Am I loved because I exist or do I have to earn it? It can’t be both, right?
Years ago I read a quote (and must apologize because I do not recall the source): The motivating force of the universe is love.
All that exists emanates from Divine Love, that which is perfect, unconditional, indefinable, eternal and all-encompassing.
In the ancient Judeo-Christian writings, Moses meets God in the burning bush and asks “Who are you?” The answer, to my understanding, is unpronounceable in Hebrew and is considered too sacred to be spoken aloud anyway. In English bibles it is spelled “Yahweh” and sometimes “Jehovah.” The closest we come to its meaning is “I Am That I am.”
Native American teachers have said that their languages have similar words that do not translate well into English. The closest meaning to their name for God is “All That Is.”
If what we call “God” is All That Is, the Great I am and I exist, then I am intrinsically one with that which we call “God.” If God is love, I am love.
Sit with this. Feel it rather than over-thinking it. Once you recognize who you really are, there is nothing to prove or earn. When you remember the essence of your True Self, your life will unfold from that, from the Source of Love that you are. It isn’t about living in a way that gains God’s approval. It is about living in a way that allows Divine Love to manifest through you. Perhaps it is time to stop trying so hard to be what you already are.
This is my blessing for you today:
You are eternally and unconditionally loved.
You are love manifested in the world.
You are love in form.