Wednesday, April 12, 2017
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." -- Henry David Thoreau
The quote above from Thoreau is one of my very favorites. No one could ever accuse me of ever marching in step with lots of others. Always been doing things pretty much the way I wanted regardless of the consequences. As it turns out, it was God leading me that kept me out of step with those around me even though I didn’t know it at the time. My meanderings seem to have infected those closest to me as well. Karen and John also march to that drummer far away. We may have suffered more than most as a result, but we have received so much, much more and have been able to give so much, much more. Joseph Campbell used to say we should all "follow our bliss" which was his way of restating Thoreau's quote above. What the three of us really do is to march to the heavenly drummer's beat and let the world call us crazy and worse. Who would leave all that we did to come here to a third world country to give away what little we have left? Well, we would because that is our "bliss”—that is where we march when we listen to the beat of the Holy Spirit. It is not everyone's beat. It is ours. You have yours, if you listen for it. You are probably right where the Holy Spirit needs you to be, but if not, listen and you will be guided. You cannot give away that which was never yours—at least that's how we see it. Everything we have is, was, and will be a gift from God. At worst, we can be accused of re-gifting, but I don't think anyone is complaining. When you are in tune, and in time with that "distant drummer,” life is full and rewarding no matter where you live or what you have. We are truly happy in ways we never could have imagined no matter what the downsides have been. Listen for that “heavenly” drummer and then step to the music you hear. You, too, can have a red umbrella. Try it, we think you'll like it.