Accepting Transformation

You can choose to take the plunge, or sit on the sidelines forever and wonder. (via Travel Journals)

You can choose to take the plunge, or sit on the sidelines forever and wonder.
(via Travel Journals)

Perhaps the most difficult part of our journey down the path to the Ideal Self God created us to be is accepting that we need to let go of certain things. Often, we can recognize the benefits of relinquishing our pasts. . . perhaps we have been plagued by repetitive and lingering sins which we clearly see as harmful.

Other times, it is not so cut and dried. We cling to our past behaviors because they seem integral to who we are as individuals. We do not know how to be us without them, and the fear of becoming something other than who we have known ourselves to be is petrifying.

But it is this very transformation that is the most important if we are to become who we were created to be. There can be no progression in our journey if we do not grow in physical health, mental strength, emotional integrity, and spiritual awakening. And none of these goals can be met without first surrendering ourselves to God’s Will.

This season of Easter, this period of rebirth, is the perfect time to embrace this transformation. It is no easy task, relinquishing the chains which hold us back. But the benefits of breaking free from our self-imposed limits greatly outweigh the suffering and inconvenience caused by abandoning our old selves in the grave and rising anew. As we grow and learn and develop, we not only move closer to God (which is in itself the most worthy end), but we also find ourselves suddenly and gloriously contented. It is as though the fears that stopped us were hardly there at all.

How often do we worry over something, only to find later that our loving and merciful Father had already provided for us everything we needed… and often, more? How much greater then, are the rewards for letting go of our favorite little vices (or even misplaced love in good things that overtake our love for God) and giving all our time and attention to living out our missions? Indeed, the graces granted to one who achieves this are so great that it almost causes that one to combust with joy and love!

Bear in mind that, even when we have been transformed, we are not safe from temptation. In fact, often the forces of darkness rail against us harder once we allow God to bring us to this new level in our development. We must be ever watchful… and yet, never give in to fear. There is no need. The forces of Heaven are with us, and we are made strong in Faith, so why be afraid of those who can only spout illusion and hot wind? In the end, we know the ending of the story. All we must do is not let evil have a foothold in our hearts, lest we find ourselves dismayed and on a darker road.

So relax, and just let go of whatever is keeping you from God. This is the time. Our loving Father longs for you. Draw nearer to Him, and do not be afraid to love Him with all that you have.

It is, after all, what you were created for.

-E.G. Norton

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3 thoughts on “Accepting Transformation

  1. This is lovely and encouraging and so timely. Thanks.

  2. […] Norton at The Trenchcoat Introspective, another fellow traveler on this Catholic road, and a lovely one at that, full of deep and […]

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