When Did You Last Feel Like YOU? | Danny's Universe

When was the last time that you felt like You?

This may sound like a strange question to some, "Of course I am me! Who else would I be?"

In fact, this may sound especially peculiar to those who tend to take the events of life literally, and at face value.

Some people seem happy to wander through life seeing things in only one way.  Others look for deeper meanings in everything.



I certainly don't mean this as an insult; this is just how we are.  God, and life's circumstances have made us all different.

As frustrating as it can be at times, we really need to celebrate the differences.

I do believe we can train ourselves to think differently, but it is extremely hard. 

Aside from a brain injury, or a spiritual conversion, most people don't really change that much on the inside.
 
In my experience, the type of individuals who only see things one way, are not nearly artistically inclined as their more open-minded counterparts.


Rarely are they sculptors, builders, musicians or... I will leave this topic for another time.

Back to my original question, about You.  We all have an inner being, the real us.


 When was the last time that you felt like You?
Was it when you were young and free, or more recently?

If it's been a while, there are many possible reasons for this. 

I have several more questions for you to ponder.
 
If you think about your daily life, do you do the things that feed your spirit in a positive way? 

Do you surround yourself with those who make you feel better about yourself, or those who make you feel guilty, sad, rushed, anxious etc.? 

Steve Jobs said:
"...I've looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?
and when the answer has been no for too many day in a row, I know I need to change something."

I think this is a good lesson for all of us.  We don't necessarily need to do only the things we want to do.  

That would be using the mentality of a child.

"Me no likey comb my hair..." lol

I think you get my drift.

 
What I think Mr. Jobs was saying was that when we continue to do things that we don't want to do over a period of time, we must re-evaluate our actions, and make a change.

Sometimes these changes are very difficult.  We may need to sever relationships, alter lifestyle habits etc.


We all want to be happy right?
There is an ancient proverb that says, "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding."

My interpretation of this, is that finding wisdom, and understanding about the things of life will lead us to happiness.

If you have a different idea as to what this means, feel free to comment below. 


Something happened That Changed My Life Forever
Many years ago, I experienced some symptoms in my body that I didn't understand, and I couldn't seem to fix.

To make a very long story, fairly short, I went to a medical doctor.  She couldn't help me with what I specifically went to her for.

However, she found a very serious medical condition, that if left untreated would most likely cause my untimely demise. 

It wouldn't happen overnight, but in a matter of years, and wouldn't be caught "until too late."

I had a major surgery.  

See that story was pretty short right? 

I Changed
It took many months to physically recover from that event.  I experienced several changes in my life. 

Up until that time, I was extremely healthy.  

I would very rarely get a cold.  Thankfully this is still the case.

When I was young, I  would actually try to get "sick" sometimes, just to see how fast I could get over it.

What I mean is, I would drink after a sick relative who had strep, or kiss a loved one who had a cold, stuff like that.

Stupidly showing off, I once even took a drink of a blue, name brand glass cleaner (in front of witnesses). 

Pride will do many strange things to a young man.

I wasn't volunteering at leper colonies, or anything that risky, but I felt invincible.  

Post-Op 
After my operation, I came to the realization that most adults come to.  Life is fragile, and can end at any moment.

I made a conscious decision to stop doing things that I didn't want to do.  

If I find myself in a meeting, a play, a show, or even a church service that I don't want/need to be in, I often leave.

The above quote from Steve Jobs resonated with me very deeply, and still does.  

One More Time
Again I will ask, When was the last time that you felt like You?

If it's been a while, I highly suggest making a change.  

I don't have all the answers. This is something that I am working on, and think about often.

Lastly
I nearly ended with the previous paragraph, but there is one more thing.  

In fact, it is the most important thing in all of life.

When I heard my medical diagnoses, I thought about a lot of things, especially death.  I knew life was short, but things became very real to me.

I did something that I would urge you to do.  

I questioned my own beliefs.  

After considering a lot of things and doing a lot of research, I did what I had done since  was a child, I searched The Holy Bible for answers.  

I prayed directly to God, not to a priest or a faith leader, but directly to God.

I asked Him to confirm to me through His written words in the Bible, what needed to be done to go to Heaven.

He did just that, through several scripture verses.  

I am not a preacher, or a theologian, but I can read, and so can you.

Here are a few of the many verses I found.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
- John 3:3

(15) ...whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

(16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

(17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.


(18) He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
- John 3:15-18

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
- John 3:36

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
- Romans 10:9-10 


Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
- Revelation 3:20



You should notice that none of the verses above said we need to be perfect to go to Heaven. 

On our own, we can never be perfect. 

If we were perfect, God would not have had to send Jesus to take our place, and pay the debt of our sins by dying on the cross, and coming back from the dead three days later.

To get into Gods, clean and perfect Heaven, there cannot be anything bad or imperfect.

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
- Romans 6:23


Jesus lived a perfect sinless life, totally unlike you and I.  

He is the only one who was qualified to take our place, and pay the price required (according to the Bible) to enter Heaven.

Anyway, I don't mean to sound like a preacher, but this really was the most important thing I ever learned.  I just wanted to pass it on to you.

If I had the cure to cancer, but didn't tell anyone, I would be a bad person, right?

Our eternal destination is much more important than cancer. 

When I went under the anesthesia for my operation, I had total peace as to my eternal destiny.  

I want that for you.    

Thank you for reading,
Love one another

Disclaimer: I believe the philosophy I put forth here.  I believe my points are valid.  However, all situations are not equal.  If you are in dire need, please speak to a respected faith leader or professional counselor in your area.  The thoughts and opinions here are my own and should not take the place of professional advice. Dannys Universe is intended as a fun and educational endeavor.
 

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for writing this my friend. As to the answer to your question...I feel most real when I can create. I have not been creating as much lately so no I have not really felt the real me. Yes, I am working on changing that this year. A Bible study I just finished is called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. It is a very good read.

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